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A new energetics model for the assessment of the power-duration relationship during over-ground running

Christian Vassallo, Liam Kilduff Orcid Logo, Cloe Cummins Orcid Logo, Aron Murphy, Adrian Gray Orcid Logo, Mark Waldron Orcid Logo

European Journal of Sport Science, Volume: 22, Issue: 8, Pages: 1211 - 1221

Swansea University Authors: Christian Vassallo, Liam Kilduff Orcid Logo, Mark Waldron Orcid Logo

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Abstract

We evaluated the reliability of an over-ground running three-minute all-out test (3MT) and compared this to traditional multiple-visit testing to determine the critical speed (CS) and distance > CS (D´). Using a novel energetics model during the 3MT, critical power (CP) and work > CP (W´) were...

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Published in: European Journal of Sport Science
ISSN: 1746-1391 1536-7290
Published: Informa UK Limited 2022
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa56757
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Abstract: We evaluated the reliability of an over-ground running three-minute all-out test (3MT) and compared this to traditional multiple-visit testing to determine the critical speed (CS) and distance > CS (D´). Using a novel energetics model during the 3MT, critical power (CP) and work > CP (W´) were also evaluated for reliability and compared to the multiple-visit tests. Over-ground running speed was measured using Global Positioning Systems during fixed-speed trials on a 400 m track to exhaustion, at four intensities corresponding to: (i) maximal oxygen uptake (V˙O2max) (Vmax), (ii) 110% V˙O2max(110%Vmax), (iii) Δ70% (i.e. 70% of the difference between gas exchange threshold and Vmax) and (iv) Δ85%. The participants subsequently performed the 3MT across two days to determine its reliability. There were no differences between the multiple-visit testing and the 3MT for CS (P = 0.328) and D´ (P = 0.919); however, CP (P = 0.02) and W´ (P < 0.001) were higher in the 3MT. The reliability of the 3MT was stable (P > 0.05) between trials for all variables, with coefficient of variation ranging from 2.0–8.1%. The current over-ground energetics model can reliably estimate CP and W´ based on GPS speed data during the 3MT, which supports its use for most athletic training and monitoring purposes. The reliability of the over-ground running 3MT for power- and speed-related indices was sufficient to detect typical training adaptations; however, it may overestimate CP (∼ 25 W) and W´ (∼ 7 kJ) compared to multiple-visit tests.
Keywords: Critical power, critical speed, energetics, endurance
College: College of Engineering
Issue: 8
Start Page: 1211
End Page: 1221