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Abstract

INTRODUCTION: The running economy (RE) has been traditionally determined by measuring the steady-state consumption of oxygen at a specific speed; however few studies has been designed to evaluate the reproductibility of the RE at a high rate of maximum oxygen consumption after repeated submaximal efforts within the same session. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was valuate if the reproductibility of running economy at submaximal high speed could be affected by two previous submaximal efforts. METHODS: In this study participated 19 subjects (mean±SD; age, 21.8±2.5 years; body mass, 71.0±10.6 and height, 175.2±8.1). During three days of assessment separately for at least 24h of recovery, subjects performed the following tests. Day 1 a maximum incremental test, to determine the intensities. Day 2 a test of running economy at 80% of VO2max. Day 3 a test of running economy at 30, 70 and 80% of VO2max separated by 5 min of recovery. t-student test was conducted to measure test-retest differences in RE the p value were set al ≤0.05. RESULTS: No significant differences were found in the Running Economy at 80% of VO2max determined in both economy tests RE 220.1± 21.6vs 219.6±20.6 (ml·kg-1·km-1), ICC; 0.92, CV; 4.4 ± 2.6. CONCLUSION: The results of the present study showed exercises sessions at 30 and 70 of VO2max performed before the submaximal exercise test (80% of VO2max) did not affected the RE during an exercise test performed at 80% of VO2max.

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