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Revista Brasileira de Medicina do Esporte
Print version ISSN 1517-8692
DIAS, Adriano da Costa; DANTAS, Estélio H.M.; MOREIRA, Sérgio Bastos and SILVA, Vernom Furtado da. Relationship between the level of the aerobic conditioning, performance on an obstacle course, and outcome in a shooting test. Rev Bras Med Esporte [online]. 2005, vol.11, n.6, pp. 341-346. ISSN 1517-8692. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1517-86922005000600007.
The military preparation to the combat is based on military instructions that have as basis a representation of the battlefield. Among the main instructions are the obstacle course and the shooting performance. The purpose of this study was to verify the influence of the aerobic conditioning level on the outcome in the performance on an obstacle course, and performing a shooting test in soldiers of the Brazilian Army. Also, the aim of this study was to check the influence of the performance on an obstacle course versus the performance in a shooting test. The mentioned outcome was evaluated by the time of the execution on an obstacle course and the outcome in the shooting test (the SPI performance in a shooting test was considered as the difference between the performance in the pre- and post-strength shooting test). The sampling was constituted by twenty-eight 19 to 20 years old soldiers. Initially, the individuals' VO2max was estimated by means of the Léger-Boucher test. Later, the soldiers participating in the sampling performed a shooting test, an obstacle racing, and another shooting test. It was verified a significant difference between the pre- and post-strength shooting (43.79 ± 4.02 to 40.54 ± 4.10 points, p < 0.05). The outcomes obtained through the Pearson correlation were as follows: Obstacle Course and VO2max r = -0.612 (significant); SPI and VO2max r = -0.403 (significant), and pre-strength shooting VO2max r = 0.310 (significant). It can be concluded that the level of the aerobic conditioning affects the performance time on an obstacle course, and there is a relationship between the level of the aerobic conditioning and the SPI. Nevertheless, it was observed no relationship between the outcome in the shooting test and the aerobic conditioning.
Keywords : Rifle shooting; Obstacle course; Aerobic conditioning.