Testing Aerobic Capacity
This page of resources is designed to support the delivery of workshops and labs on aerobic capacity testing and the completion of related lab reports and essays.
A series of questions to consider in relation to practical sessions and prior to writing related lab reports:
- Define the following terms: maximal oxygen consumption, ventilatory threshold, lactate threshold.
- Identify and explain the concept of contraindications when supervising a test of aerobic capacity.
- Describe the ways in which the measurement of maximal oxygen consumption can be useful when working with an athlete.
- When might it be inadvisable to undertake a maximal test of aerobic capacity and what alternatives are available?
- Discuss the differences between various measures of aerobic capacity and which are more or less valid.
- Explain the criteria for determining whether VO2max was attained during a graded exercise test.
- What are the potential effects of different protocols on outcome measures (e.g. VO2max, LT etc).
- Discuss the range of methods used to analyse and assess LT once data has been collected in an incremental test.
- What is Critical Power and how can it be used to evaluate an athlete's potential? (see Jones & Vanhatalo, 2017). What are the potential criticisms?
Related content on this website
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A non-exercise method for predicting VO2ma
A wikipedia article on the Multi-Stage Fitness Test
Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing [click here]
Dalleck, L.C. and Kravitz, L. (n.d.) Optimize Aerobic Endurance [online] - a primer for initial understanding of VT, LT, AT
Lacate Threshold Analysis software [click here] - see Newell et al (2007) above for more on this