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Statistical Considerations for Exercise Protocols Aimed at Measuring Trainability

Voisin, Sarah1; Jacques, Macsue1; Lucia, Alejandro2,3; Bishop, David J1,4; Eynon, Nir1,5

doi: 10.1249/JES.0000000000000176
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The individual response to exercise training is of great interest and we review methods that have been proposed to measure this response. However, individual training response estimates may be biased by various sources of variability present in exercise studies, and in particular by within-subject variability. We propose the use of protocols that can separate trainability from within-subject variability.

1Institute for Health and Sport (iHeS), Victoria University, Victoria, Australia.

2European University of Madrid (Faculty of Sports Sciences) and Research Institute ‘i+12’, Madrid, Spain.

3Biomedical Research Centre, Network of Frailty and Healthy Aging, Madrid, Spain.

4School of Medical and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Australia.

5Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

Corresponding Author: Associate Prof Nir Eynon, Institute for Health and Sport (iHeS), Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia 8001, Phone: +61 466469673, E-Mail:

Conflict of interest: Sarah Voisin, Macsue Jacques, Alejandro Lucia, David J Bishop and Nir Eynon declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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