Maximum and resting heart rate in treadmill and deep-water running in make international volleyball players

A. Cuesta-Vargas, J.C. Garcia-Romero, Raija Kuisma

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Abstract

The aim of the study was to compare the physiological responses to deep water running (DWR) compared with treadmill running (TMR) by male international volleyball players. We compared the maximum, recovery, and resting heart rates, maximum blood lactate and ratings of perceived exertion between DWR and standard laboratory TMR tests. The maximum heart rate (HRmax) was 14.9 bpm lower in water than on land (p = .001, 95% confidence interval, 7.74–22.06). The recovery HR at three minutes was 16.4 bpm lower in water (p = .012, CI 95%, 4.57–28.23). The differences in the maximum HR and the three-minute recovery HR likely reflected a cardiovascular response mediated by immersion in water. The maximum blood lactate and the ratings of perceived exertion suggested that both tests were undertaken at the same effort levels. Before prescribing exercise intensity a water specific test should be performed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)398-405
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Aquatic Research and Education
Volume3
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2009

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