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The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 1999 June;39(2):107-12

Copyright © 1999 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Validity of the Université de Montréal Track Test to assess the velocity associated with peak oxygen uptake for adolescents

Berthoin S. 1, Baquet G. 1, Rabita J. 1, Blondel N. 2, Lensel-Corbeil G. 1, Gerbeaux M. 1

1 Laboratoire d’Etudes de la Motricité Humaine, Faculté des Sciences du Sport et de l’Education Physique, Université de Lille 2, France: 2 UFR Staps, Université d’Artois, France


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Back­ground. The pur­pose of the ­study was to ­test the abil­ity to deter­mine the veloc­ity asso­ciat­ed ­with ­peak oxy­gen ­uptake for ado­les­cents by ­means of a sim­ple ­field ­test, the ­Université de ­Montréal ­Track ­Test (­UMTT).
Meth­ods. Fif­teen ado­les­cents, 13.4±1.0 ­years, per­formed two max­i­mal ­field ­tests ­where oxy­gen ­uptake and ­heart ­rate ­were con­tin­u­ous­ly mon­i­tored. The ­first ­test (grad­ed ­field ­test, ­first ­stage 8 km·h-1, incre­ment 1.5 km·h-1, dura­tion 3 min) ­allowed the sub­jects to ­reach a ­steady-­state oxy­gen ­uptake. ­Then, the veloc­ity asso­ciat­ed ­with ­peak oxy­gen ­uptake was cal­cu­lat­ed ­from the ­ratio ­between ­peak oxy­gen ­uptake ­above rest­ing lev­el to ener­gy ­cost of run­ning. The cal­cu­lat­ed veloc­ity was ­kept as the cri­ter­ion veloc­ity. For the sec­ond ­test (­UMTT, ­first ­stage 8 km·h-1; incre­ment 1 km·h-1; dura­tion 2 min), the veloc­ity meas­ured at the ­last com­plet­ed ­stage was ­retained.
­Results. The meas­ured ­peak oxy­gen ­uptake for the grad­ed ­field ­test (51.8±6.5 ml·kg-1·min-1) and for the ­UMTT (51.0±7.9 ml·kg-1·min-1) ­were not sig­nif­i­cant­ly dif­fer­ent. The cal­cu­lat­ed veloc­ity (12.9±1.0 km·h-1) and the meas­ured veloc­ity (12.7±0.9 km·h-1) ­were not sig­nif­i­cant­ly dif­fer­ent and ­were sig­nif­i­cant­ly cor­re­lat­ed (r=0.80, p<0.001).
Con­clu­sions. It was con­clud­ed ­that, for ado­les­cents, the veloc­ity meas­ured at the ­last com­plet­ed ­stage of the ­UMTT ­allows a val­id esti­ma­tion of the veloc­ity asso­ciat­ed ­with ­peak oxy­gen ­uptake.

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