Specific incremental test in elite squash players

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Serval ID
serval:BIB_A4A1B5023FAE
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
Collection
Publications
Title
Specific incremental test in elite squash players
Journal
British Journal of Sports Medicine
Author(s)
Girard O., Sciberras P., Habrard M., Hot P., Chevalier R., Millet G.P.
ISSN
1473-0480[electronic]
Publication state
Published
Issued date
12/2005
Volume
39
Number
12
Pages
921-926
Language
english
Notes
Publication types: Comparative Study ; Journal Article ; Randomized Controlled Trial Publication Status: ppublish
Abstract
OBJECTIVES: To compare cardiorespiratory responses between incremental treadmill (non-specific) and field (sport specific) tests in elite squash players. METHODS: Seven elite players (ranked 1 to 25 in their national federation including the World number 1) randomly performed an incremental treadmill test (TT) and a squash specific graded test (ST) to exhaustion. The ST consisted of repeated displacements replicating the game of squash, at increasing speed on the court. In both tests, ventilatory variables and heart rate were determined at the ventilatory threshold, respiratory compensation point, and maximal loads (max). RESULTS: Heart rate and percentage maximal oxygen uptake (VO2MAX) at the ventilatory threshold and respiratory compensation point were not different between the ST and TT, whereas VO2MAX was higher in the ST than in the TT (63.6 (3.0) v 54.9 (2.5) ml/kg/min; p < 0.001). Time to exhaustion was not different between the ST and TT (1056 (180) v 962 (71) seconds) but correlated with the ranking of the players only in the ST (r = -0.96, p < 0.001). CONCLUSIONS: VO2MAX values derived from laboratory testing were not relevant for accurately estimating fitness in elite squash players. So the ST may be used as an additional test for determination of training intensity. Improved training advice for prescribing aerobic exercise or perfecting stroke technique may result from these results.
Keywords
Adult, Anaerobic Threshold/physiology, Exercise Test/methods, Heart Rate/physiology, Humans, Male, Oxygen Consumption/physiology, Physical Fitness/physiology, Racquet Sports/physiology, Tidal Volume/physiology
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Web of science
Open Access
Yes
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