Reliability of a 5 × 6-s maximal cycling repeated-sprint test in trained female team-sport athletes

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McGawley, K and Bishop, David ORCID: 0000-0002-6956-9188 (2006) Reliability of a 5 × 6-s maximal cycling repeated-sprint test in trained female team-sport athletes. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 98 (4). pp. 383-393. ISSN 1439-6319


The present study examined the reliability of work and power measures during a 5 · 6-s cycle ergometer test of repeated-sprint ability. Nine, welltrained, female soccer players performed five, 5 · 6-s repeated-sprint tests on a front-access cycle ergometer on separate days. Sprints were separated by 24 s of active recovery. Absolute measures of total work done (Wtot), total peak power (PPtot), work done during sprint 1 (W1) and peak power output during sprint 1 (PP1) were recorded. Decrement scores in work done (Wdec) and peak power output (PPdec), and fatigue indices for work done (FIW) and peak power (FIP), were calculated. Significant improvements in all of the work and power measures were observed between trial 1 and subsequent trials (P < 0.05), but no significant differences were identified between trials 2, 3, 4 and 5. The same was true for increases in the decrement scores. The coefficient of variation (CV) was established to reflect within-subject reproducibility for each variable. The CV was significantly improved by the third trial for work done (Wtot CV: trials 1–2 = 5.5%; trials 3–4 = 2.8%), peak power (PPtot CV: trials 1– 2 = 5.1%; trials 3–4 = 2.7%) and performance decrement scores (P < 0.05). The standard error of measurement (SEM) and intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) were also calculated for each variable and expressed within 95% confidence intervals. It was concluded that two familiarisation trials are optimal for collecting reliable data from a 5 · 6-s repeated-sprint cycling test. Furthermore, due to the large variation around performance decrement it was suggested that decrement scores ought to be interpreted with caution.

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Online ISSN: 1439-6327

Item type Article
DOI 10.1007/s00421-006-0284-8
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Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL)
Historical > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Keywords ResPubID22110. repeated-sprint ability, RSA, cycling, team-sports, athletes, females
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