Developing a Brief Method for the Simultaneous Assessment of Anaerobic and Aerobic Fitness
Annual rept. 1 Oct 2004-30 Sep 2005
RICE UNIV HOUSTON TX
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The objective of the proposed effort is to develop a brief and accurate method for the simultaneous assessment of anaerobic and aerobic fitness that is practical for both field and laboratory use. We anticipate that a method requiring an assessment period of only a few minutes or less, and two brief, minimally fatiguing efforts is possible. Each subject will undergo established tests to assess their maximal aerobic power and anaerobic power, respectively. Subjects will also complete a series of all-out efforts to establish their performance capabilities for efforts of different durations. Our analysis will focus primarily on two questions. First, we will determine if the relationship between the metabolic power available and all-out performance capabilities is common or dependent upon the fitness level of the individual. Second, we will determine whether the relationship between metabolic power and performance varies with the type of physical activity in which soldiers are engaged. We hypothesize that a single relationship will generalize to different individuals regardless of fitness level, and to different types of physical activity. The development of a simple, practical and accurate method for assessing metabolic fitness and performance capabilities will provide a number of benefits.
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