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Improving the precision of the accumulated oxygen deficit using VO2-power regression points from below and above the lactate threshold

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posted on 2002-02-01, 00:00 authored by Aaron RussellAaron Russell, P Le Rossignol, Rod SnowRod Snow, Sing Lo
The accumulated oxygen deficit (AOD) method assumes a linear VO2-power relationship for exercise intensities increasing from below the lactate threshold (BLT) to above the lactate threshold (ALT). Factors that were likely to effect the linearity of the VO2-power regression and the precision of the estimated total energy demand (ETED) were investigated. These included the slow component of VO2 kinetics (SC), a forced resting y-intercept and exercise intensities BLT and ALT. Criteria for linearity and precision included the Pearson correlation coefficient (PCC) of the VO2-power relationship, the length of the 95% confidence interval (95% CI) of the ETED and the standard error of the predicted value (SEP), respectively. Eight trained male and one trained female triathlete completed the required cycling tests to establish the AOD when pedalling at 80 rev/min. The influence of the SC on the linear extrapolation of the ETED was reduced by measuring VO2 after three min of exercise. Measuring VO2 at this time provided a new linear extrapolation method consisting of ten regression points spread evenly from BLT and ALT. This method produced an ETED with increased precision compared to using regression equations developed from intensities BLT with no forced y-intercept value; (95%CI (L), 0.70±0.26 versus 1.85±1.10, P<0.01; SEP(L/Watt), 0.07±0.02 versus 0.28±0.17; P<0.01). Including a forced y-intercept value with five regression points either BLT or ALT increased the precision of estimating the total energy demand to the same level as when using 10 regression points, (5 points BLT + y-intercept versus 5 points ALT + y-intercept versus 10 points; 95%CI(l), 0.61±0.32, 0.87±0.40, 0.70±0.26; SEP(L/Watt), 0.07±0.03, 0.08±0.04, 0.07±0.02; p>0.05). The VO2-power regression can be designed using a reduced number of regression points... ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR



Journal of Exercise Physiology Online






23 - 31


American Society of Exercise Physiologists


Duluth Minn






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2002 American Society of Exercise Physiologists