The reliability of running economy among trained distance runners and field-based players

Doma, Kenji, Deakin, Glen B., Leicht, Anthony S., and Sealey, Rebecca M. (2012) The reliability of running economy among trained distance runners and field-based players. Journal of Exercise Science and Fitness, 10 (2). pp. 90-96.

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Abstract

Whilst the reliability of running economy (RE) has been widely established, there is limited investigation of the reliability of various performance variables during a RE test. Subsequently, the purpose of the current study was to examine the reliability of time-to-exhaustion (TTE) and rating of perceived exertion (RPE) during a RE test amongst trained runners (TR) and moderately endurance trained men (METM). Absolute V̇O2 (ml.min-1), V̇O2 relative to body mass (ml.kg-1.min-1), oxygen cost of running (CR) defined as V̇O2 relative to body mass raised to the power of 0.75 and metre (ml.kg-0.75.m-1), heart rate (HR), ventilation (V̇E), carbon dioxide production (V̇CO2), respiratory exchange ratio (RER) and RPE were measured whilst treadmill running on two occasions at three discontinuous incremental speeds corresponding to 70-, 90- and 110% of the second ventilatory threshold (VT2). The duration of the last increment was measured as TTE. The reliability was determined using intra-class correlation coefficient (ICC) and 95% ratio limits of agreement. The intra-individual variability was examined using coefficient of variation (CV). There were no significant differences between the two RE trials for absolute V̇O2, relative V̇O2, CR, V̇E, V̇CO2, RER and RPE (P ≥ 0.05) except for differences in RPE during the first increment and TTE (P < 0.05). The reliability was high for absolute O2, relative O2, CR, HR and TTE and moderate for V̇E and RPE. Small intra-individual variability was found for absolute V̇O2, relative V̇O2, CR, HR and RPE. The findings will enable sport scientists to incorporate a variety of performance variables when examining RE.

Item ID: 22897
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1728-869X
Keywords: running performance, physiology, time to exhaustion, rating of perceived exertion
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2012 07:04
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110602 Exercise Physiology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950102 Organised Sports @ 100%
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