Over the past half century, knowledge has been gained that fat oxidation rates depend on exercise intensity. However, "the precise mechanisms regulating muscle fuel selection in fat oxidation remain largely unclear. A greater understanding would undoubtedly lead to novel strategies to increase fat utilization and improve exercise capacity."

In the light of recent work, the present EJSS review "addresses one of the most prominent theories to explain the phenomenon of diminished fat oxidation during high intensity, submaximal exercise; a reduced availability of muscle free carnitine for mitochondrial fat translocation."

The full article is now published online in the European Journal of Sport Science (EJSS).


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