Predictors of repeated-sprint ability in elite female hockey players

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Bishop, David ORCID: 0000-0002-6956-9188, Lawrence, Steven and Spencer, Matt (2003) Predictors of repeated-sprint ability in elite female hockey players. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 6 (2). pp. 199-209. ISSN 1440-2440 (print) 1878-1861 (online)


The ability to maintain maximal power over a series of sprints may depend, in part, on the resynthesis of PCr and the buffering of hydrogen ions (H+). As a result, repeated-sprint ability may be related to V̇O2peak and changes in plasma pH. Fourteen elite female field-hockey players (mean±SD body mass: 61.1±5.9 kg and V̇O2peak: 55.7 ±3.2 mL·kg−1·min−1) participated in this investigation. Tests consisted of a repeated-sprint ability test (5 × 6-s all-out sprints every 30 s) and a V̇O2peak0 test. Capillary and venous blood was sampled before and after the 5 × 6-s cycle test for the determination of lactate concentration and pH. There were no significant correlations between V̇O2peak (mL·kg−1·min−1) and total work (−1; r=0.35), or power decrement (r=0.30) during the repeated-sprint ability test. There was, however, a signficant correlation between power decrement and change in plasma [H+] (r=0.66; P<0.05). The results of this study show that in a homogenous group of elite, team-sport athletes, V̇O2peak (mL·kg−1·min−1) is not a strong predictor of repeated-sprint ability. However, in this group, there is a significant correlation between change in plasma [H+] and repeated-sprint ability.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1016/S1440-2440(03)80255-4
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Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Current > Division/Research > College of Sports and Exercise Science
Keywords repeated-sprint ability, ability test, team-sport athletes
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