2009 Student Research Conference:
22nd Annual Student Research Conference

Comparison Of Maximal Oxygen Consumption With a Soccer-Specific Shuttle Run Test
Katie N. Reuck* and Kelsey J. Richters
Dr. Jerry Mayhew, Mr. Mike Cannon, and Mr. Martin Clayes (Women's Assistant Soccer Coach), Faculty Mentors

The purpose of this study was to assess the degree of association between maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max) and a soccer-specific shuttle run tests (SSRT). Eighteen female collegiate soccer players performed a grade-increment maximal treadmill test while attached to a computerized metabolic measurement cart. The test was performed to volitional fatigue. On a separate occasion, players performed the SSRT on an indoor wooden playing surface. The test consisted of specific running patterns performed over a 65-yd course. The correlation between VO2max and the maximal distance covered in the SSRT was r = 0.49 (p<0.05). The results of this study indicate that the variance in the aerobic energy system accounted for only 24% of the variance in SSRT. Thus, the SSRT does not depend exclusively on the aerobic system and may involve considerable contribution from the anaerobic system to achieve a maximum performance level.

Keywords: VO2max, Soccer, SSRT, Women, grade increment, treadmill test

Topic(s):Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 4-11
Location: PML
Time: 4:15

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