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Incremental Testing Design on Slide Board for Speed Skaters: Comparison Between Two Different Protocols

Piucco, Tatiane; O'Connell, Jessica; Stefanyshyn, Darren; de Lucas, Ricardo Dantas

Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research: November 2016 - Volume 30 - Issue 11 - p 3116–3121
doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000001392
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Piucco, T, O'Connell, J, Stefanyshyn, D, and de Lucas, RD. Incremental testing design on slide board for speed skaters: comparison between two different protocols. J Strength Cond Res 30(11): 3116–3121, 2016—The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of stage duration (Long-stage–LS: 3-minute, Short-stage–SS: 1-minute) on maximal and submaximal aerobic physiological variables during a simulated skating test performed on a slide board. Ten well-trained male speed skaters performed 2 maximal incremental tests on slide board until voluntary exhaustion. The second ventilatory threshold (VT2) was determined by the ventilatory equivalent method. All participants reached the criteria for maximal oxygen uptake (V[Combining Dot Above]O2max) attainment in both protocols. Maximal cadence (CADmax), V[Combining Dot Above]O2 at VT2 and cadence at VT2 (CADVT2) were significantly higher during SS protocol, but maximal heart rate was significantly lower for the SS protocol. V[Combining Dot Above]O2max was significantly correlated with CADmax for the SS (r = 0.62) and LS protocols (r = 0.61). Strong correlations were found between CADmax and CADVT2 during the SS (r = 0.83) and LS protocols (r = 0.76). The results of the present study suggest that either SS or LS slide board incremental protocol can be used to evaluate skaters, since they elicited maximal physiological responses. Additionally, slide board incremental skating tests may be considered as a more specific and practical alternative than laboratory-based tests, especially when a large number of athletes need to be assessed.

1Physical Effort Laboratory, Sports Center, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brazil; and

2Human Performance Laboratory, Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Address correspondence to Tatiane Piucco, tatianepiucco@yahoo.com.br.

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