International Journal of Exercise Science 13(4): 1382-1401, 2020. This study assessed validity and reliability of the VO2 Master Pro portable metabolic analyzer for assessment of oxygen consumption (VO2) and minute ventilation (VE). In Protocol 1, eight male participants (height: 182.6 ± 5.8 cm, weight: 79.6 ± 8.3 kg, age: 41.0 ± 12.3 years) with previous competitive cycling experience completed an hour-long stationary cycling protocol twice, progressing from 100-300 Watts every 10 minutes while wearing the VO2 Master and a criterion measure (Parvomedics) for five minutes each, at each stage. In Protocol 2, 16 recreationally active male participants (height: 168.2 ± 8.4 cm, weight: 76.5 ± 13.3 kg, age: 23.0 ± 9.4 years) completed three incremental, maximal stationary cycling tests wearing one of three analyzers for each test (VO2 Master version 1.1.1, VO2 Master version 1.2.1, Parvomedics). For Protocol 1 and convergent validity, the VO2Master had mean absolute differences from the Parvomedics of <0.3 L/min for absolute VO2 and <5 L/min for VE overall and at each exercise stage. Mean absolute percent differences (MAPD) for VO2 and VE were <9% overall and <12% at each stage. Test-retest reliability of the VO2 Master (MAPD: 8.9-10.9%) was somewhat poorer than the Parvomedics (MAPD: 5.3-7.6%). For Protocol 2, validity was similar for both VO2 Master models (MAPD ~12% overall) compared to the Parvomedics for VO2 and VE. The VO2 Master had an acceptable validity and test-retest reliability for most intensities tested and may be an appealing option for field-based VO2 and VE analysis.
Montoye, Alexander HK; Vondrasek, Joseph D.; and Hancock, James B. II
"Validity and Reliability of the VO2 Master Pro for Oxygen Consumption and Ventilation Assessment,"
International Journal of Exercise Science: Vol. 13
4, Pages 1382 - 1401.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/ijes/vol13/iss4/30