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Metabolic Conditioning

Field Tests to Determine a Training Velocity

Clarke, Richard MSc; Dobson, Andrew MSc; Hughes, Jonathan PhD

Strength & Conditioning Journal: February 2016 - Volume 38 - Issue 1 - p 38–47
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000188
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ABSTRACT TO EFFECTIVELY DEVELOP PHYSICAL PARAMETERS, TRAINING INTENSITIES SHOULD BE INDIVIDUALIZED TO SUIT AN ATHLETE'S CURRENT FITNESS LEVEL, FOR EXAMPLE, PERCENTAGE OF 1 REPETITION MAXIMUM IN STRENGTH AND POWER DEVELOPMENT. REGARDING ANAEROBIC OR AEROBIC CONDITIONING, A VELOCITY PRESCRIPTION CAN BE BOTH ACCURATE AND EFFECTIVE IN INDIVIDUALIZING ENERGY SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT. HOWEVER, THERE IS A SPARSITY OF RESEARCH AVAILABLE COMPARING THE RANGE OF TESTS CAPABLE OF DETERMINING AN APPROPRIATE VELOCITY. THE FOLLOWING REVIEW DISCUSSES THE OPTIMUM WAY TO DETERMINE AN INDIVIDUAL'S DESIRED TRAINING VELOCITY THROUGH FIELD-BASED TESTING.

1Exercise and Sport Research Center, University of Gloucestershire, United Kingdom; and

2Department of Applied Sports Sciences, Hartpury College, United Kingdom

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

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Richard Clarkeis a lecturer in Strength and Conditioning at the University of Gloucestershire.

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Andrew Dobsonis an Applied Sports Scientist and Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology and Sports Nutrition at University of the West of England (Hartpury College).

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Jonathan Hughesis a senior lecturer and course leader MSc Sports Strength & Conditioning at the University of Gloucestershire.

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