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Maximal oxygen consumption in national elite triathletes that train in high altitude

Author(s): Gilberto Gonzalez-Parra | Rigoberto Mora | Bernhard Hoeger

Journal: Journal of Human Sport and Exercise
ISSN 1988-5202

Volume: 8;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 342;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: VO2max | triathlon | lactate | gas analyzer | gender

Triathlon is considered an endurance sport composed by the individual disciplines of swimming, cycling and running which are generally completed in this sequential order. It has been suggested that triathlon performance can be predicted by maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max). However, it has also been suggested that some variables such age, gender, fitness, training and ventilator muscles may affect VO2max. It is the aim of this research to measure and analyze the VO2max of 6 national elite triathletes and one national juvenile triathlete, with long experience, training in a high altitude city (1650m). We compare VO2max for female and male groups. We found differences in the VO2max values for these groups. Additionally, we also found high values of VO2max for these young elite triathletes despite their relative short age, but long sport age.
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