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European Journal of Applied Physiology

, Volume 100, Issue 6, pp 645–651 | Cite as

Cross-validation of the 20- versus 30-s Wingate anaerobic test

  • C. Matthew LaurentJr.
  • Michael C. Meyers
  • Clay A. Robinson
  • J. Matt Green
Original Article

Abstract

The 30-s Wingate anaerobic test (30-WAT) is the most widely accepted protocol for measuring anaerobic response, despite documented physical side effects. Abbreviation of the 30-WAT without loss of data could enhance subject compliance while maintaining test applicability. The intent of this study was to quantify the validity of the 20-s Wingate anaerobic test (20-WAT) versus the traditional 30-WAT. Fifty males (mean ± SEM; age = 20.5 ± 0.3 years; Ht = 1.6 ± 0.01 m; Wt = 75.5 ± 2.6 kg) were randomly selected to either a validation (N = 35) or cross-validation group (N = 15) and completed a 20-WAT and 30-WAT in double blind, random order on separate days to determine peak power (PP; W kg−1), mean power (MP; W kg−1), and fatigue index (FI; %). Utilizing power outputs (relative to body mass) recorded during each second of both protocols, a non-linear regression equation (Y 20WAT+10 = 31.4697 e−0.5[ln(X second/1174.3961)/2.63692]; r 2 = 0.97; SEE = 0.56 W kg−1) successfully predicted (error ∼10%) the final 10 s of power outputs in the cross-validation population. There were no significant differences between MP and FI between the 20-WAT that included the predicted 10 s of power outputs (20-WAT+10) and the 30-WAT. When derived data were subjected to Bland–Altman analyses, the majority of plots (93%) fell within the limits of agreement (±2SD). Therefore, when compared to the 30-WAT, the 20-WAT may be considered a valid alternative when used with the predictive non-linear regression equation to derive the final power output values.

Keywords

Leg power Work capacity Cycle ergometry Sprint test 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Matthew LaurentJr.
    • 1
  • Michael C. Meyers
    • 2
  • Clay A. Robinson
    • 3
  • J. Matt Green
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of KinesiologyThe University of AlabamaTuscaloosaUSA
  2. 2.Human Performance Research Laboratory, Department of Sports and Exercise SciencesWest Texas A&M UniversityCanyonUSA
  3. 3.Department of AgricultureWest Texas A&M UniversityCanyonUSA

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