Whether the point of deflection from linearity of heart rate (HRD) coincides with ventilatory threshold (VT) has not been extensively examined in children. The purpose of this study was to assess the relationship between the VO2 measured at VT and the VO2 measured at HRD. Twenty-two boys with a mean age of 10.7 years (±1.0) performed a graded exercise test to determine VT, HRD, and VO2max. There was no significant difference between mean VO2 (ml/kg/min) at VT and at HRD (33.5±3.5 vs. 34.1±4.4; p>0.05). Linear regression analysis revealed a correlation of r = 0.76 (p<0.01) between the VO2 measured at VT and the VO2 measured at HRD. These results indicate that HRD may be an accurate predictor of VT in most but not all children, and caution should be used when interpreting the significance of HRD.
Anthony D. Mahon is with the Human Performance Laboratory, Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306. Paul Vaccaro is with the Exercise Science Laboratory, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742.