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Anaerobic Power and Capacity Testing

Anaerobic exercise is exercise that is both high in intensity and short in duration (less than 2 minutes). Therefore, tests that determine a person's anaerobic power and capacity are also high in intensity and short in duration. There are three general categories of anaerobic performance:

Short-Term Anaerobic Performance

This component is defined as the total work output during maximal exercise lasting about 10 seconds. It can be considered a measure of alactic anaerobic performance. The highest performance output per second during this test should be approximately equivalent to maximal instantaneous power. Short-term anaerobic tests are designed to evaluate primarily the alactic anaerobic capacity of the involved muscles. Peak power output in 1 second is sometimes completed from these Tests. Allied Health Services offers the following short-term anaerobic tests:

  • Québec 10-second tests
  • Speed Running tests

Intermediate-Term Anaerobic Performance

This component is defined as the total work output during maximal exercise lasting about 30 seconds. Performance under these conditions is primarily anaerobic with a major lactic component, and significant alactic and aerobic components. The work rate at the end of such a performance test can perhaps be considered an indirect estimate of the lactic anaerobic power output. However, the 30 second maximal test does not test maximally the lactic anaerobic capacity. Intermediate-term anaerobic tests generally last between 20 to 50 seconds and are designed primarily to assess the lactic anaerobic power and capacity of the involved muscles. From such performance tests, we can compute total work output, peak power output, average power output and fatigue index. Allied Health Services offers the following intermediate-term anaerobic tests:

    • 30 second Wingate test
    • Sport-specific test

 

Long-Term Anaerobic Performance

This component is defined as the total work output during maximal exercise lasting about 90 seconds. Performance under such conditions is supported almost equally by anaerobic and aerobic energy delivery systems. The advantages in a test of such duration include the estimation of total performance capacity of the anaerobic systems under maximal conditions and the quantification of performance to indirectly assess the contributions and relative failures of each energy system as work progresses to 90 seconds. Long-term anaerobic tests can be defined as tests lasting between 60-120 seconds. They have been developed to evaluate the total anaerobic capacity and the ability to maintain a high power output. Allied Health Services offers the following long-term anaerobic tests:

  • Québec 90 second test
  • 120 second Maximal test
  • Sport specific test

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