To aim of this study was to verify the aerobic capacity by lactate minimum test (LM) among different positions in professional basketball players. Twelve high performance basketball players (12 Major National Leagues, 26.7± 3.2 years) were evaluated by LM. The method of lactate elevation consisted of 6 maximum sprints of 35 m separated by 10 s of recovery each (Running Anaerobic Sprint Test). The progressive phase in LM consisted of 4 periods of 3 min each at 8, 10, 11 and 12 Km/h. After lactate elevation phase and progressive periods, 25μL samples of blood were collected to determine peak lactate (PL) concentration and relative lactate minimum concentration (LACc) respectively. The running speed at the LM was taken when the gradient of the line was zero. Anova one-way statistical was utilized to compare the intensity corresponding LM, LACc and PL (p≤0.05). The velocity (Km/h) of LM did not differ among positions: Guard LM= 9.46±0.17 Km/h; Forward LM= 9.60±0.68 Km/h and Forward-Center LM= 9.64±0.25 Km/h. The LACc did not differ: Guard LM= 3.55±0.51 mmol/L; Forward LM= 3.48±1.63 mmol/L and Forward-Center LM= 4.00±0.43 mmol/L. No changes occurred in PL: Guard LM= 8.35±1.41 mmol/L; Forward LM= 8.16±1.47 mmol/L and Forward-Center LM= 8.76±1.20 mmol/L. The aerobic capacity determined by LM did not differ among guard, forward and forward center basketball players.



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.