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Wingate Anaerobic Test Peak Power and Anaerobic Capacity Classifications for Men and Women Intercollegiate Athletes

Zupan, Michael F1; Arata, Alan W1; Dawson, Letitia H1; Wile, Alfred L1; Payn, Tamara L2; Hannon, Megan E3

The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research: December 2009 - Volume 23 - Issue 9 - p 2598-2604
doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e3181b1b21b
Original Research

Zupan, MF, Arata, AW, Dawson, LH, Wile, AL, Payn, TL, and Hannon, ME. Wingate Anaerobic Test peak power and anaerobic capacity classifications for men and women intercollegiate athletes. J Strength Cond Res 23(9): 2598-2604, 2009-The Wingate Anaerobic Test (WAnT) has been established as an effective tool in measuring both muscular power and anaerobic capacity in a 30-second time period; however, there are no published normative tables by which to compare WAnT performance in men and women intercollegiate athletics. The purpose of this study was to develop a classification system for anaerobic peak power and anaerobic capacity for men and women National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college athletes using the WAnT. A total of 1,585 (1,374 men and 211 women) tests were conducted on athletes ranging from the ages of 18 to 25 years using the WAnT. Absolute and relative peak power and anaerobic capacity data were recorded. One-half standard deviations were used to set up a 7-tier classification system (poor to elite) for these assessments. These classifications can be used by athletes, coaches, and practitioners to evaluate anaerobic peak power and anaerobic capacity in their athletes.

1Department of Athletics, United States Air Force Academy, USAFA, Colorado; 2Department of Exercise Science, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina; and 3Annex Sports Performance, Chatham, New Jersey

Testing completed at the United States Air Force Academy, Human Performance Laboratory.

Address correspondence to Michael F. Zupan,

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