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Treadmill exercise testing with increasing inclination as exercise protocol for wheelchair athletes.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11781859     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
STUDY DESIGN: Treadmill testing on a progressive incline of 11 wheelchair athletes.
OBJECTIVE: To determine if a novel treadmill exercise protocol which uses increments in inclination, rather than the standard increments in velocity, can be used to effectively determine maximum oxygen uptake VO2max for elite wheelchair athletes.
SETTING: Nottwil, Switzerland.
METHODS: Eleven elite wheelchair basketball players (29.3+/-6.3 years, 72.7+/-16.9 kg and 177+/-9.6 cm) performed an exercise protocol with increasing inclination on the treadmill. Eight players had a spinal cord injury (SCI), two had no lesion of the central nervous system and one had poliomyelitis. VO2max and heart rate were measured continuously, while serum lactate was determined immediately after the exercise protocol.
RESULTS: Athletes reached a maximal heart rate of 185+/-11.4 bpm and maximal lactate of 10.2+/-2.1 mmol/l. VO2max was 35.1+/-4.9 ml/min/kg. The correlation between heart rate and VO(2) at different inclinations was statistically significant and comparable to able-bodied subjects.
CONCLUSIONS: An exercise protocol with increasing inclination is a valid alternative to an exercise protocol with increasing velocity.
B Knechtle; W Köpfli
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Spinal cord     Volume:  39     ISSN:  1362-4393     ISO Abbreviation:  Spinal Cord     Publication Date:  2001 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-01-08     Completed Date:  2002-02-12     Revised Date:  2011-06-06    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9609749     Medline TA:  Spinal Cord     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  633-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Institute of Sports Medicine, Swiss Paraplegic Centre, Nottwil, Switzerland.
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MeSH Terms
Basketball / physiology*
Exercise Test*
Exercise Tolerance
Hemodynamics / physiology
Linear Models
Physical Endurance
Prospective Studies
Respiratory Function Tests
Sampling Studies
Spinal Cord Injuries / metabolism*

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