Faster oxygen uptake kinetics during recovery is related to better repeated sprinting ability

Gregory Dupont, Alan McCall, Fabrice Prieur, Grégoire P Millet, Serge Berthoin
European Journal of Applied Physiology 2010, 110 (3): 627-34
This study was designed to test the hypothesis that subjects having faster oxygen uptake (VO(2)) kinetics during off-transients to exercises of severe intensity would obtain the smallest decrement score during a repeated sprint test. Twelve male soccer players completed a graded test, two severe-intensity exercises, followed by 6 min of passive recovery, and a repeated sprint test, consisting of seven 30-m sprints alternating with 20 s of active recovery. The relative decrease in score during the repeated sprint test was positively correlated with time constants of the primary phase for the VO(2) off-kinetics (r = 0.85; p < 0.001) and negatively correlated with the VO(2) peak (r = -0.83; p < 0.001). These results strengthen the link found between VO(2) kinetics and the ability to maintain sprint performance during repeated sprints.

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