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Metabolic Testing in the Office

Carfagno, David G.1; Yusin, Joseph2; Knowlton, Luke1

Current Sports Medicine Reports: May-June 2008 - Volume 7 - Issue 3 - p 163-170
doi: 10.1097/01.CSMR.0000319705.95180.80
Training: Section Articles

The three most commonly used metabolic tests are the Resting Metabolic Rate, Anaerobic Threshold Testing, and V˙O2max. For several decades, these metabolic tests have been confined to the setting of university-based physiology laboratories and cardiopulmonary environments, i.e., metabolic carts in the intensive care units. The information gathered is used as a research and clinical tool in evaluating metabolic activity in a variety of physiological states from a body at rest, to exercise (aerobic and anaerobic), in certain medical states like illness, fed/starvation, and medicinal or supplementation affective states. Over the last decade, as technology has improved, so have the metabolic testing carts. They have become widely available for mainstream use by a variety of health care professionals. The purpose of this article is to review these three tests and how they may be useful in a medical practice.

1Scottsdale Sports Medicine Institute, Scottsdale, AZ; 2Allergy/Immunology, VA Hospital, Phoenix, AZ

Address for correspondence: David G. Carfagno, D.O., C.A.Q., Scottsdale Sports Medicine Institute, 10133 N 92nd St #102, Scottsdale, AZ 85258 (E-mail:

© 2008 American College of Sports Medicine