Reproducibility of a 6-s maximal cycling sprint test

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Mendez-Villanueva, Alberto, Bishop, David ORCID: 0000-0002-6956-9188 and Hamer, Peter (2007) Reproducibility of a 6-s maximal cycling sprint test. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 10 (5). pp. 323-326. ISSN 1440-2440


The purpose of this study was to examine the reproducibility in measures of power output during a 6-s, maximal cycling sprint test. Eleven healthy, moderately-trained males (mean ± S.D.; age = 19 ± 1 year; height = 181.5 ± 6.2 cm; mass = 76.9 ± 9.5 kg; peak oxygen uptake 54.9 ± 6.1 mL kg−1 min−1) performed a 6-s standing sprint on a front-access cycle ergometer on four separate occasions. Peak power output (PPO) was significantly higher (4.9%; P < 0.05) in trial 2 compared with trial 1, whereas there were no significant differences between trials 2, 3 and 4. Similarly, the mean power output (MPO) for trial 2 was higher (5.8%; P < 0.05) than in trial 1, but there were no difference across trials 2, 3 and 4. The within-subject coefficient of variation (CV) from trials 2 to 4 was 2.8 and 2.9% for PPO and MPO, respectively, while the CV calculated using data from the third and fourth trial was lower: 1.8 and 2.5% for PPO and MPO, respectively. The results of the study showed that reliable power outputs can be obtained after one familiarization session in subjects unfamiliar with maximal cycling sprint exercise. However, the inclusion of an extra familiarization session ensured more stable power outputs. Therefore, two trials should allow adequate familiarization with the maximal 6-s cycling test.

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Online ISSN: 1878-1861

Item type Article
DOI 10.1016/j.jsams.2006.07.017
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Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL)
Keywords ResPubID22067. peak power output, cycling sprint test, muscle power output, sprints, intense exercise, male athletes, males, anaerobic performance
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