Evaluation of critical rest interval determined from repeated sprint ability testing

Michael B. La Monica, David H. Fukuda, Kyle S. Beyer, Mattan W. Hoffman, Amelia A. Miramonti, Maren S. Fragala, Jeffrey R. Stout, Jay R. Hoffman

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Background: To test if the critical power (cp) concept can be utilized to determine the critical rest interval (cri) using repeated sprint ability (rSa) testing with varying work-to-rest ratios. MeThodS: Twelve recreationally trained men (mean±Sd; age 24.1±3.6 years) completed a graded exercise test and three rSa protocols with 6-second maximal sprints and varying rest intervals (12-36 s) on a cycle ergometer to determine cri. intermittent critical power (icp) was calculated through the linear total work (TW) and time-to-exhaustion (TTe) relationship, whereas cri was estimated using average work per sprint and icp. Validation trials above and below cri were conducted to evaluate physiological response. repeated measures analysis of variance were used to analyze variables from rSa trials and changes in blood lactate, oxygen uptake (Vo2), heart rate (hr), peak power, and TW throughout the validation trials. reSulTS: Blood lactate, average Vo2, Vo2peak, and heart rate were signifcantly greater below CRI (8.94±4.89 mmol/L, 2.05±0.36 L/min, 2.84±0.48 L/min, and 151.14±18.46 bpm, respectively) when compared to above CRI (6.56±3.45 mmol/L, 1.78±0.26 L/min, 2.61±0.43 L/min, and 138.14±17.51 bpm). Signifcant interactions were found between above and below CRI for minimal Vo2 response and maximal hr response, which were consistent with the heavy and severe exercise intensity domains. coNcluSioNS: The use of the work-time relationship determined from rSa testing with varying rest intervals can be used to determine cri and may distinguish between physiological responses related to exercise intensity domains.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1093-1102
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Anaerobic threshold
  • Ergometry
  • Exercise test
  • Rest

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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