2008 Student Research Conference:
21st Annual Student Research Conference

Correlation of Body Dimensions with Absolute and Relative VO2max in College Students
Annabeth H. Broyles
Dr. Jerry Mayhew, Faculty Mentor

The objective of this study was to determine the correlations between body dimension measurements and predicted VO2max. Thirteen men and women (ages 18-23 yrs) were tested for %fat and LBM using hand-to-hand bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA), BMI (kg/m2), and absolute and relative predicted VO2max from the Astrand bike test. Holding gender constant by partial correlation, there were no significant relationships (p>0.05) between absolute or relative VO2max and BMI, LBM, Fat Mass, or %fat. All correlations with absolute VO2max and body dimensions were low and positive (r = 0.08 to 0.21). Correlations with relative VO2max were moderate and negative (r = -0.23 to -0.34). Results indicate that body dimensions may exert little influence on absolute cardiovascular endurance but may have a slight negative effect on relative cardiovascular endurance. This would appear to imply that cardiovascular training would not be hindered by selected body dimensions.

Keywords: VO2max, BMI, LBM, % fat , fat mass, BIA

Topic(s):Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 7-14
Location: OP Lobby
Time: 4:15

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