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Inaccuracy of the HR Reserve vs. O2 Reserve Relationship during Prone Arm-paddling Exercise in Surfboard Riders
Alberto Mendez-VillanuevaJavier Pérez LandaluceBenjamín Fernández GarcíaNicolás TerradosDavid Bishop
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2010 Volume 29 Issue 6 Pages 189-195


Previous studies have demonstrated that during lower-body exercise the percentage of heart rate reserve (%HRR) is equivalent to the percentage of the oxygen consumption reserve (%O2R) but not to a percentage of the peak oxygen consumption (%O2peak). The current study examined these relationships in trained surfboard riders (surfers) during upper-body exercise. Thirteen well-trained competitive surfers performed a stepwise, incremental, prone arm-paddling exercise test to exhaustion. For each subject, data obtained at the end of each stage (i.e., HR and O2 values) were expressed as a percentage of HRR, O2peak, and O2R respectively and used to determine the individual %HRR-%O2peak and %HRR-%O2R relationships. Mean slope and intercept were calculated and compared with the line of identity (slope=1, intercept=0). The %HRR versus %O2R regression mean slope (0.88±0.06) and intercept (20.82±4.57) were significantly different (p<0.05) from 1 and 0, respectively. Similarly, the regression of %HRR versus %O2peak resulted in a line that differed in the slope (p<0.05) but not in the intercept (p=0.94) from the line of identity. Predicted values of %HRR were significantly higher (p<0.05) from indicated values of %O2R for all the intensities ranging from 35% to 95% O2R. Unlike results found for lower-body exercise, a given %HRR during prone upper-body exercise was not equivalent to its corresponding %O2R. Thus, to ensure more targeted exercise intensity during arm-paddling exercise, individual HR-O2 equations should be used.

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