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Ventilatory/Lactate Threshold




This test involves running, cycling or rowing on an ergometer at various fixed speed or power workloads, known as stages. Capillary blood will be taken at the end of each stage.

We offer this service at a fixed price of £75. However if a repeat booking is made this will be discounted. Please contact James Bray (J.Bray@hull.ac.uk) for details prior to booking.


Detailed Description

Given strenuous / maximal exercise involved , the protocols have both ethical and health/safety approval and will be risk assessed on a individual participant basis.The assessor retains the right to excluded participants from testing on the basis of increased risk. Informed consent will be required by all participants.

While the size of an athlete's engine is important (maximal oxygen uptake; VO2max), how efficiently the athlete uses that power is also important. Assessing this efficiency is known as ventilatory/lactate threshold. Research now suggests that lactate threshold is a better indicator of endurance performance than VO2max. This test can be conducted in a number of ways, however it is usually conducted using 4-6 steady state four minute workloads with a finger tip "capillary" blood sample taken at the end of each workload. This capillary sample is then subsequently analysed for blood lactate. These blood lactate values are then input into specilist software to determine HR and/or power/speed at lactate threshold.

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