Effects of protocol design on lactate minimum power

Johnson, M.A. ORCID: 0000-0002-8226-9438 and Sharpe, G.R. ORCID: 0000-0002-4575-2332, 2011. Effects of protocol design on lactate minimum power. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 32 (3), pp. 199-204. ISSN 0172-4622


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The aim of this investigation was to use a validated lactate minimum test protocol and evaluate whether blood lactate responses and the lactate minimum power are influenced by the starting power (study 1) and 1 min inter-stage rest intervals (study 2) during the incremental phase.

Study 1: 8 subjects performed a lactate minimum test comprising a lactate elevation phase, recovery phase, and incremental phase comprising 5 continuous 4 min stages with starting power being 40% or 45% of the maximum power achieved during the lactate elevation phase, and with power increments of 5% maximum power.

Study 2: 8 subjects performed 2 identical lactate minimum tests except that during one of the tests the incremental phase included 1 min inter-stage rest intervals. The lactate minimum power was lower when the incremental phase commenced at 40% (175±29 W) compared to 45% (184±30 W) maximum power (p<0.01), and was increased when 1 min inter-stage rest intervals were included during the incremental phase (192±25 vs. 200±26 W, p<0.01). In conclusion, changes in lactate minimum power were small and thus unlikely to compromise test validity and therefore training status evaluation and exercise prescription.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Sports Medicine
Creators: Johnson, M.A. and Sharpe, G.R.
Publisher: Georg Thieme Verlag KG
Place of Publication: Stuttgart, Germany
Date: 2011
Volume: 32
Number: 3
ISSN: 0172-4622
Rights: © Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York.
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 11:08
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2022 11:13
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/23374

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