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MEDICINA DELLO SPORT
A Journal on Sports Medicine
Official Journal of the Italian Sports Medicine Federation
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Medicina dello Sport 2007 March;60(1):49-55
Indirect measurement of maximal oxygen consumption in 14-16-year old adolescent girls
Pomerants T. 1, Jürimäe T. 1, Karelson K. 2
1 Chair of Sport Pedagogy, Centre of Behavioral and Health Sciences, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia
2 Chair of Exercise Physiology, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia
Aim. To determine most appropriate duration or distance of walking or running field test for indirect estimation of maximal oxygen consumption (V.O2max) in 14-16-year old girls (n=102).
Methods. Three exercise tests were conducted: 15-minute walking and 15-minute running field test on an indoor track, and direct V.O2max test on a treadmill. Walking and running time (s) every 500 m and also the distance (m) at one minute intervals were recorded during field tests.
Results. Correlation analysis stated that the results of the 1500 m running field test had the strongest correlation with directly measured V.O2max/kg (r=-0.39). The developed equation for predicting V.O2max/kg=-0.04529·1500m run (s) + 62.57 was found to be satisfying for predicting aerobic working capacity (r=0.65; SEE=6.79 ml·kg-1·min-1). The reliability of the 1500 m running field test was high (ICC=0.93). Body fat % was most significant body composition parameter affecting test results (r=0.28).
Conclusion. The 1500 m running test is a possible alternative for assessing the level of aerobic working capacity in adolescent girls.