Romuald Lepers

  • Full Professor
  • +33 3 80 39 67 60
  • +33 3 80 39 67 02
  • Room N° 129
  • UFR STAPS - Faculté des Sciences du Sport
    BP 27877
    21078 DIJON Cedex



PhD in Exercise Physiology (Paris-Orsay, 1996)

Neuromuscular plasticity, Mental Fatigue, Aging (masters athletes)

Biomechanics, Exercise physiology


Scientific articles in international or national peer-reviewed journals

Clos P, Lepers R, Garnier YM (2021) Locomotor activities as a way of inducing neuroplasticity: insights from conventional approaches and perspectives on eccentric exercises. European Journal of Applied Physioly 121(3):697-706. (IF : 3,47)
Clos P, Mater A, Laroche D, Lepers R (2021) Concentric versus eccentric cycling at equal power output or effort perception: neuromuscular alterations and muscle pain. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports. 32(1):45-5962. (IF : 4,79)
Jacquet T, Lepers R, Poulin-Charronnat B, Bard P, Pfister P, Pageaux B (2021) Mental fatigue induced by prolonged motor imagery increases perception of effort and the activity of motor areas. Neuropsychologia 150:107701. (IF : 3,56)
Jacquet T, Poulin-Charronnat B, Bard P, Lepers R (2021) Persistence of mental fatigue on motor control. Frontiers in Psychology 11:588253. (IF : 3,62)
Jacquet T, Poulin-Charronnat B, Bard P, Perra J, Lepers R (2021) Physical activity and music to counteract mental fatigue. Neuroscience 478 :75-88. (IF : 3,88)
Knechtle B, Lepers R, Nikolaidis PT, Sousa C (2021) Editorial: The Elderly Athlete. Frontiers in Physiology 12:686858. (IF : 4,81)
Lepers R, Burfoot A, Stapley PJ (2021) Sub 3-Hour marathon runners for five consecutive decades demonstrate a reduced age-related decline in performance. Frontiers in Physiology 12:649282. (IF : 4,81)
Mater A, Clos P, Lepers R (2021) Effect of cycling cadence on neuromuscular function –acute and chronic alterations. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18(15):7912 (IF : 2,85)
Valenzuela PL, Maffiuletti NA, Joyner MJ, Lucia A, Lepers R (2020) Lifelong Endurance Exercise as a Countermeasure Against Age-Related (V) over dotO(2max) Decline: Physiological Overview and Insights from Masters Athletes. Sports Medicine 50(4):703‑16. (IF :11.13)
Clos P, Garnier Y, Martin A, Lepers R (2020) Corticospinal excitability is altered similarly following concentric and eccentric maximal contractions. European journal of applied physiology 120(6):1457-1469. (IF : 3.08)
Clos P, Lepers R (2020) Leg Muscle Activity and Perception of Effort before and after Four Short Sessions of Submaximal Eccentric Cycling. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17(21):7702. (IF :3.39)
Garnier Y, Lepers R, Assadi H, Paizis C (2020) Cardiorespiratory Changes During Prolonged Downhill Versus Uphill Treadmill Exercise. International Journal of Sports Medicine 41(2):69‑74. (IF : 3.12)
Lepers R, Bontemps B, Louis J (2020) Physiological Profile of a 59-Year-Old Male World Record Holder Marathoner. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 52(3):623-626 (IF : 5.4)
Lepers R, Stapley P, Louis J (2020) Commentaries on Viewpoint: Physiology and fast Journal of Applied Physiology 128(4):1069-1085.(IF :3.5)
Louis JB, Bontemps B, Lepers R (2020) Analysis of the World Record Time for Combined Father and Son Marathon. Journal of Applied Physiology 128:440‑44. (IF :3.5)
Pageaux B, Besson D, Casillas JM, Lepers R, Gremeaux V, Ornetti P, Gouteron A, Laroche D (2020) Progressively Increasing the Intensity of Eccentric Cycling over Four Training Sessions: A Feasibility Study in Coronary Heart Disease Patients. Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine 63(3):241‑44. (IF : 4.9)
Cattagni T, Gremeaux V, Lepers R (2019) The physiological characteristics of an 83-year-old champion female master runner. The International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance 11:1-5. (IF : 3,5)
Clos P, Lepers R (2019) Commentaries on Viewpoint: Distinct modalities of eccentric exercise, not the same dish. Eccentric cycling exercise: another recipe. The Journal of Applied Physiology 127(3):884-891. (IF : 3,05)
Garnier Y, Paizis C, Martin A, Lepers R (2019) Corticospinal excitability changes following downhill and uphill walking. Experimental Brain Research 237(8):2023-2033. (IF : 1,59)
Garnier Y, Paizis C, Lepers R (2019) Corticospinal changes induced by fatiguing eccentric versus concentric exercise. European Journal of Sport Science 19:166–76. (IF : 2,376)
Valenzuela PL, Maffiuletti NA, Lucia A, Lepers R (2019) The sub 6-h project. Age and Ageing 48:928–9. (IF : 4,9)
Walsh JA, Stapley PJ, Shemmell JBH, Lepers R, McAndrew DJ (2019) Global Corticospinal Excitability as Assessed in A Non-Exercised Upper Limb Muscle Compared Between Concentric and Eccentric Modes of Leg Cycling. Scientific Reports 9:19212. (IF : 4)
Pageaux B, Lepers R (2018) The effects of mental fatigue on sport-related performance. Progress in Brain Research 240:291–315. (IF : 2,961)
Ben Hmed A, Bakir T, Garnier Y, Sakly A, Lepers R, Binczak S (2018) An approach to a muscle force model with force-pulse amplitude relationship of human quadriceps muscles. Computers in Biology and Medicine 101:218–28. (IF : 2.86)
Cattagni T, Lepers R, Maffiuletti NA (2018) Effects of neuromuscular electrical stimulation on contralateral quadriceps function. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology 38:111–8. (IF : 1,75)
Garnier Y, Lepers R, Dubau Q, Pageaux B, Paizis C (2018) Neuromuscular and perceptual responses to moderate-intensity incline, level and decline treadmill exercise. The European Journal of Applied Physiology 118(10):2039-2053 (IF : 3.1)
Grosprêtre S, Gueugneau N, Martin A, Lepers R (2018) Presynaptic inhibition mechanisms may subserve the spinal excitability modulation induced by neuromuscular electrical stimulation. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology 40:95–101. (IF : 1,75)
Lepers R, Cattagni T (2018) Age-related decline in endurance running performance - an example of a multiple World records holder. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism 43: 98–100. (IF : 3.5)
Lepers R, Stapley PJ, Cattagni T (2018) Age-Related Changes in Endurance Performance Vary Between Modes of Locomotion in Men: An Analysis of Master World Records. The International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance 13(3):394-397. (IF : 3,98)
Garnier Y, Lepers R, Stapley PJ, Papaxanthis C, Paizis C (2017) Changes in cortico-spinal excitability following uphill versus downhill treadmill exercise. Behavioural Brain Research 317:242–50. (IF : 2.98)
Grosprêtre S, Gueugneau N, Martin A, Lepers R (2017) Central Contribution to Electrically Induced Fatigue depends on Stimulation Frequency. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 49:1530–40. (IF : 4.29)
Gueugneau N, Grospretre S, Stapley P, Lepers R (2017) High-frequency neuromuscular electrical stimulation modulates interhemispheric inhibition in healthy humans. The Journal of Neurophysiology 117:467–75. (IF : 2.5)
Pageaux B, Lepers R, Casillas JM, Laroche D (2017) It is time to investigate acute and chronic perceptual responses to eccentric cycling. The Journal of Applied Physiology 123:1416–7. (IF : 3.26)
Pageaux B, Theurel J, Lepers R (2017) Cycling vs Uphill Walking: Impact on Locomotor Muscle Fatigue and Running Exercise. The International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance 12(10):1310-1318. (IF : 3.38)
Panasci M, Lepers R, La Torre A, et al (2017) Physiological responses during intermittent running exercise differ between outdoor and treadmill running. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism 42:973–7. (IF : 2.52)
Walsh JA, Dawber JP, Lepers R, et al (2017) Is Moderate Intensity Cycling Sufficient to Induce Cardiorespiratory and Biomechanical Modifications of Subsequent Running? The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 31:1078–86. (IF : 2.33)
Lepers R, Stapley PJ (2016) Master athletes are extending the limits of human endurance. Frontiers in Physiology 7:613. (IF : 4.13)
Figueiredo P, Marques EA, Lepers R (2016) Changes in contributions of swim, cycle, and run performances on overall triathlon performance over a 26-year period. The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 30:2406-2415. (IF : 2.06)
Grosprêtre S, Lepers R (2016) Performance characteristics of Parkour practitioners: Who are the traceurs? European journal of sport science 16:526-535. (IF : 1.79)
Lepers R, Stapley PJ, Cattagni T (2016) Centenarian athletes: Examples of ultimate human performance? Age and Ageing 45:732-736. (IF : 4.2)
Pageaux B, Lepers R (2016) Fatigue induced by physical and mental exertion increases perception of effort and impairs subsequent endurance performance. Frontiers in Physiology 7:587. (IF : 4.13)
Pageaux B, Lepers R, Marcora SM (2016) Reliability of a novel High Intensity One Leg Dynamic Exercise Protocol to Measure Muscle Endurance. Plos One 11(10):e0163979. (IF : 2.81)
Rozand V, Lebon F, Stapley PJ, Papaxanthis C, Lepers R (2016) A prolonged motor imagery session alter imagined and actual movement durations: Potential implications for neurorehabilitation. Behavioral Brain Research 297:67-75. (IF : 2.98)