Revista Brasileira de Medicina do Esporte
Print version ISSN 1517-8692
GUGLIELMO, Luiz Guilherme Antonacci; GRECO, Camila Coelho and DENADAI, Benedito Sérgio. Relationship of maximal aerobic power and muscular strength with the running economy in endurance athletes. Rev Bras Med Esporte [online]. 2005, vol.11, n.1, pp. 53-56. ISSN 1517-8692. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1517-86922005000100006.
The objective of this study was to analyze the relationship of maximal aerobic power and the muscular strength (maximal isotonic strength and vertical jump explosive power) with the running economy (RE) in endurance athletes. Twenty-six male runners (27.9 ± 6.4 years; 62.7 ± 4.3 kg; 168.6 ± 6.1 cm; 6.6 ± 3.1% of body fat) performed in different days the following tests: a) incremental test to determine the maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max) and the intensity corresponding to the VO2max (IVO2max); b) constant-velocity treadmill run to determine RE; c) 1-RM test in the leg press and; d) maximal vertical jump test (VJ). VO2max (63.8 ± 8.3 ml/kg/min) was significantly correlated (r = 0.63; p < 0.05) with RE (48.0 ± 6.6 ml/kg/min). However, the IVO2max (18.7 ± 1.1 km/h), the maximal isotonic strength (230.3 ± 41.2 kg) and the VJ (30.8 ± 3.8 cm) were not significantly correlated with RE. One concludes that the maximal aerobic power can explain in part the inter-individual RE variability in endurance athletes. However, maximal isotonic strength and explosive strength seem not to be associated with RE values observed in this group of athletes.
Keywords : Running economy; Maximal oxygen uptake; Muscular strength.