Comparison of Maximal Oxygen Uptake and Anaerobic Threshold in Soccer and Handball Players

Keywords: aerobic capacity, ventilatory threshold, team sports, football

Abstract

Ackground/Objective: The purpose of this study was to compare maximal oxygen uptake and anaerobic threshold values between soccer and handball players. Methods: 10 male professional soccer players and 10 male professional handball players took part in the study. Maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max) and anaerobic threshold (AT) were assessed using an incremental treadmill test. AT was estimated noninvasively using the V-slope method. The values of VO2 (ATVO2), heart rate (ATHR), time (ATTIME) and running speed (ATSPEED) corresponding to the AT were identified. AT was recorded as a percentage of VO2max (AT %VO2max) and HRmax (AT %HRmax). Time to exhaustion was determined as the total duration of the test. Results: There were no significant difference between the time to exhaustion(min), HRmax, absolute VO2max (ml min-1) and relative VO2max (ml kg-1min-1) of soccer and handball players compared to each other (p> 0.05). Similarly there were no significant difference between the two groups in the ATSPEED (km h-1), ATTIME (min), ATHR, absolute ATVO2 (ml min-1), relative ATVO2 (ml kg-1min-1), AT %VO2max and AT %HRmax (P> 0.05). Conclusion: Although soccer and handball require different movement patterns, they may exhibit similar aerobic endurance capacity. Hence physiological requirements in both branches may be expected to be similar in relation to training volume and intensity.

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Author Biographies

Soyal Mehmet, School of Physical Education and Sports, Sakarya University
mehmetsoyal3838@hotmail.com; Sakarya University Esentepe Campus 54187 Serdivan, Sakarya, Turkey
Korkmaz Eryılmaz Selcen, School of Physical Education and Sports, Cukurova University
selcen_korkmaz@yahoo.com; 01330 Balcali, Saricam. Adana. Turkey
Polat Metin, School of Physical Education and Sports, Erciyes University
polat.metin@gmail.com; Erciyes University T Block, TR-Kayseri Kayseri, Turkey
Aydoğan Sami, Division of Sports Physiology, Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, Erciyes University
aydogans@erciyes.edu.tr; Erciyes University T Block, TR-Kayseri Kayseri, Turkey

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2017-08-15
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Mehmet S, Selcen KE, Metin P, Sami A. Comparison of Maximal Oxygen Uptake and Anaerobic Threshold in Soccer and Handball Players. Physical education of students. 2017;21(4):171-5. https://doi.org/10.15561/20755279.2017.0404
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