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Physiological responses of skilled players during a competitive wheelchair tennis match.

Department of Human Studies, School of Education, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 35294, USA.
The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research (Impact Factor: 1.86). 09/2006; 20(3):665-71. DOI: 10.1519/R-17845.1
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ABSTRACT 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 O2 via open circuit spirometry from rest until fatigue (.V(O2)peak). Each athlete participated in 2 competitive singles matches during which HRs were recorded in 5-second intervals and O2 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 .V(O2)peak. 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.

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