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Revista Brasileira de Medicina do Esporte

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SANTANA, Marcos G. et al. Diurnal variation and Vo2 kinetic response of cyclists during heavy exercis e. Rev Bras Med Esporte [online]. 2008, vol.14, n.3, pp.227-230. ISSN 1517-8692.

The objective of the present study was to evaluate the influence of the time of day on the parameters of oxygen uptake kinetics of trained cyclists during high intensity exercise. Nine male volunteers repeated bouts at constant loads at 08:00, 13:00 and 18:00 h on different days. These exercise bouts were performed twice on each occasion, with an interval of 1 h between them. The load intensity used was 75%Δ (75% of the difference between the VO2 at the lactate threshold and the VO2max). The primary VO2 amplitude (2597 ± 273 ml.min-1, 2513 ± 268 ml.min-1 and 2609 ± 370 ml.min-1), the primary VO2 time constant (19.3 ± 2.5 s, 18.4 ± 3.0 s and 19.7 ± 3.9 s), the VO2 slow component (735 ± 81 ml.min-1, 764 ± 99 ml.min-1 and 680 ± 121 ml.min-1) and the mean response time (51.8 ± 4.2 s, 51.2 ± 4.2 s and 51.4 ± 3.4 s) did not present significant differences at the different times (08:00, 13:00 and 18:00 h), neither did the other parameters of the VO2 kinetics. These results suggest that the response of the VO2 kinetics of cyclists exercising at high intensity (75%Δ) is not influenced by the time of day.

Keywords : exercise; circadian rhythm; kinetics; time constant; cycling.

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