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Indexed/Abstracted in: Chemical Abstracts, CINAHL, Current Contents/Clinical Medicine, EMBASE, PubMed/MEDLINE, Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch), Scopus
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Online ISSN 1827-1928
La Monica M. B., Fukuda D., Beyer K., Hoffman M. W., Miramonti A. A., Fragala M. S., Stout J. R., Hoffman J. R.
Institute of Exercise Physiology & Wellness, College of Education & Human Performance, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL., USA
AIM: To test if the critical power (CP) concept can be utilized to determine the critical rest interval (CRI) using repeated sprint ability (RSA) testing with varying work-to-rest ratios.
METHODS: Twelve recreationally trained men (mean±SD; age 24.1±3.6y) completed a graded exercise test and three RSA protocols with 6s maximal sprints and varying rest intervals (12-36s) on a cycle ergometer to determine CRI. Intermittent critical power (ICP) was calculated through the linear total work (TW) and time-to-exhaustion (TTE) relationship, whereas CRI was estimated using average work per sprint and ICP. Validation trials above and below CRI were conducted to evaluate physiological response. Repeated measures analysis of variance were used to analyze variables from RSA trials and changes in blood lactate, oxygen uptake (V̇ O2), heart rate ( HR), peak power, and TW throughout the validation trials.
RESULTS: Blood lactate, average V̇ O2, V̇ O2peak, and heart rate were significantly greater below CRI (8.94±4.89mmol·L-1, 2.05±0.36L·min-1, 2.84±0.48L·min-1, and 151.14±18.46bpm, respectively) when compared to above CRI (6.56±3.45mmol·L-1, 1.78±0.26L·min-1, 2.61±0.43L·min-1, and 138.14±17.51bpm). Significant interactions were found between above and below CRI for minimal V̇ O2 response and maximal HR response which were consistent with the heavy and severe exercise intensity domains.
CONCLUSIONS: The use of the work-time relationship determined from RSA testing with varying rest intervals can be used to determine CRI and may distinguish between physiological responses related to exercise intensity domains.