European Journal of Applied Physiology

, Volume 110, Issue 3, pp 627–634 | Cite as

Faster oxygen uptake kinetics during recovery is related to better repeated sprinting ability

  • Gregory Dupont
  • Alan McCall
  • Fabrice Prieur
  • Grégoire P. Millet
  • Serge Berthoin
Original Article


This study was designed to test the hypothesis that subjects having faster oxygen uptake (VO2) kinetics during off-transients to exercises of severe intensity would obtain the smallest decrement score during a repeated sprint test. Twelve male soccer players completed a graded test, two severe-intensity exercises, followed by 6 min of passive recovery, and a repeated sprint test, consisting of seven 30-m sprints alternating with 20 s of active recovery. The relative decrease in score during the repeated sprint test was positively correlated with time constants of the primary phase for the VO2 off-kinetics (r = 0.85; p < 0.001) and negatively correlated with the VO2 peak (r = −0.83; p < 0.001). These results strengthen the link found between VO2 kinetics and the ability to maintain sprint performance during repeated sprints.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gregory Dupont
    • 1
  • Alan McCall
    • 2
  • Fabrice Prieur
    • 1
  • Grégoire P. Millet
    • 3
  • Serge Berthoin
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Human Movement Studies, EA 3608Artois and Lille 2 UniversitiesRonchinFrance
  2. 2.Sport Science DepartmentFury LabTownsvilleAustralia
  3. 3.ISSEPUniversity of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland

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