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Measuring VO2 max.

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    Zachary B.
    US
    Zachary B.

    How do you measure VO2 Max?

    Rk S.
    IN
    Rk S.

    Measuring VO2 max: example The procedure explained above is highly accurate and is used to measure the VO2 max. of elite athletes. It is important for these athletes to be able to see the small changes made in VO2 max., as it is used to determine whether training is resulting in improved performance - the ultimate reason for training in the first place. However, VO2 max. is a good indicator of a person's cardiovascular fitness levels. The expense, time and accuracy of the maximal test makes large scale testing impossible, and so we have a range of tests known as submaximal VO2 max. testing, or VO2 max. predictor tests, that can be used on large group numbers who do not require the accuracy of a full maximal test but require a rough idea of how fit they are. A test such as the 20 metre beep test is a good example. In this test, a person runs at a set rate, increasing intensity as they go. When they get to a level whereby they cannot keep up with the cadence, they take the level obtained and look it up on a table. The table will give them a predicted VO2 max. result. It is not as accurate as the full maximal test, however, tests such as the beep test are 90% accurate and will give a good guide to cardiovascular fitness. So, depending on who you are and the reasons behind doing a cardiovascular test, you may do a full maximal test (elite athlete) or a submaximal test (school student). Those conducting the tests will make the decision on which type of testing they will do, depending on the standard of the athlete, how accurate the test result needs to be, how much time they have, the size of the group, and the cost involved.

    Muhammad S.
    PK
    Muhammad S.

    What are the methods of measuring VO2 max.

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