Aerobic Capacity

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  • Aerobic Capacity- Evaluation Tests
    • Queen's College step test
      • Continuous stepping on and off a 41.3cm high box for 3mins. Men's steps taken at a 24 steps/min and 22 for women. HRs taken 5 secs. after doing the test for 15 secs.
      • Prediction of VO2max not a measurement
        • HR recovery will be affected by prior exercise, food and fluid intake
          • Test isn’t sport specific
      • Sub-max. test
        • Simple and cheap equipment required
          • HR easily monitored
    • Direct gas analysis
      • Subject does continuous exercise at progressive intensities to exhaustion. Expired air is captured by a mask that's connected to a flow meter and gas analyser. Measuring relative conc. of O? and CO? in expired air to inspired air
      • Direct objective measurement of VO2max.
        • Accurate,valid and reliable measure
          • Tested with different exercises, and in lab. & field settings
      • Maximal test to exhaustion
        • Can’t be used with the elderly/those with health conditions
          • Access to specialist equipment is required
    • Cooper 12-minute run
      • Continuous running to achieve a max. distance in 12 minutes, usually on a 400m track with cones at intervals, they're told the time left per lap. The test ends after 12 minutes and total distance is recorded, it's a max-intensity test. 
        • Many can do it at the same time in a field-based setting
        • Tests can be carried out by anyone.
        • Simple and cheap equipment required
        • Prediction of VO?max. not a measurement
        • Maximal test to exhaustion limited by motivation
        • Not used with elderly/those with health conditions
        • Test isn’t sport specific
    • NCF multi-stage fitness test
      • Continuous 20m shuttle run test at progressive intensities to exhaustion. Each shuttle timed to an audio cue,test ends when the shuttle isn't completed in the time given, they get levels shuttle no.s
        • Only simple and cheap equipment required
        • Many can perform the test at the same time
        • Published tables of VO?max. equivalents
        • Prediction of VO?max not a measurement
        • Maximal test to exhaustion limited by motivation. 
        • Not used with elderly/those with health conditions
        • Test isn’t sport specific

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