Peak power output provides the most reliable measure of performance in prolonged intermittent-sprint cycling

Mark Hayes, Drew Smith, Paul, C. Castle, Peter Watt, Emma Ross, Neil Maxwell

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The aims of this study were to determine the reliability of an intermittent-sprint cycling protocol and to determine the efficacy of one practice session on main trials. Eleven men, moderately trained team-sport athletes, completed three visits to the laboratory involving a graded-exercise test and practice session and two trials of a Cycling Intermittent-Sprint Protocol separated by three days. Data for practice and main trials were analysed using typical error of measurement, intra-class correlation and least-products regression to determine reliability. Typical error of measurement (expressed as a coefficient of variation) and intra-class correlation for peak power output from all twenty sprints for trial 1 and trial 2 were 2.9 ±12.8% (95% confidence interval: 2.0 – 5.0%) and 0.96 (95% confidence interval: 0.85 – 0.99), respectively. Typical errors of measurement and intra-class correlation for mean power output for all twenty sprints for trials 1 and 2 were 4.2 ± 11.9% (95% confidence interval: 2.9 – 7.4%) and 0.90 (95% confidence interval: 0.66 – 0.97), respectively. The results suggest that peak power output provides a more reliable measure than mean power output. The Cycling Intermittent-Sprint Protocol provides reliable measures of intermittent-sprint performance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)565-572
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Sports Sciences
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2013

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  • repeated-sprint ability
  • team-sport players
  • reliability


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