Effects of Exercise Mode on the Oxygen Uptake Kinetic Response to Severe-Intensity Exercise in Prepubertal Children

in Pediatric Exercise Science
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The objective of this study was to verify the effect of the exercise mode on slow component of VO2 (VO2SC) in children aged 11–12 years during severe-intensity exercise. After determination of the lactate threshold (LT) and peak VO2 (VO2peak) in both cycling (CE) and running exercise (TR), fourteen active boys completed a series of “square-wave” transitions of 6-min duration at 75%∆ [75%∆ = LT + 0.75 × (VO2peak—LT)] to determine the VO2 kinetics. The VO2SC was significantly higher in CE (180.5 ± 155.8 ml • min−1) than in TR (113.0 ± 84.2 ml · min−1). We can conclude that, although a VO2SC does indeed develop during TR in children, its magnitude is considerably lower than in CE during severe-intensity exercise.

Machado, Guglielmo, Greco, and Denadai are with the Human Performance Laboratory, UNESP, Rio Claro, Brazil—CEP—13506-900.