Changes in Aerobic and Anaerobic Capacity of Junior Ice Hockey Players in Response to Specific Training

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Urszula Szmatlan-Gabrys, Jozef Langfort, Arkadiusz Stanula, Malgorzata Chalimoniuk, Tomasz Gabrys

To main objective of the research project was to identify the effect of a specific training program on changes in aerobic and anaerobic capacities in groups of junior ice-hockey players and compare these variables to values obtained by senior athletes. All subjects performed in a randomized order an incremental cycling exercise with graded intensity for estimation of aerobic capacity (V02max) and a all-out 30-s Wingate test for evaluation of anaerobic capacity (Pmax and Wtot). The results of this study showed that the induced changes in the training program made it more anaerobic in nature and led to a dissociation between aerobic and anaerobic capacity in ice-hockey players. Such a training intervention caused an increase of Pmax and Wtot with a parallel decrease in VO2max.
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