Physiological responses of skilled players during a competitive wheelchair tennis match

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  • The purpose of this study was to determine heart rate (HR, b·min-1) response during competitive match play of 6 men who were skilled wheelchair (WC) tennis players. Each participant completed an arm crank ergometer test that measured HR via a telemetry device and V̇O 2 via open circuit spirometry from rest until fatigue (V̇O 2peak). Each athlete participated in 2 competitive singles matches during which HRs were recorded in 5-second intervals and V̇O2 was estimated using the corresponding HR values recorded during the arm ergometer tests. Data analysis revealed an average playing intensity of 69.4 ± 8.9% of HRpeak and 49.9 ± 14.5% of V̇O2peak. In conclusion, it is recommended that skilled adult WC tennis players perform off-court aerobic conditioning as part of their training program, because the intensity of a competitive WC tennis match is sufficiently high enough to stress the cardiovascular system. © 2006 National Strength & Conditioning Association.
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    Author List

  • Roy JLP; Menear KS; Schmid MMA; Hunter GR; Malone LA
  • Start Page

  • 665
  • End Page

  • 671
  • Volume

  • 20
  • Issue

  • 3