alexa Oxygen Consumption during Different Exercise Protocols
ISSN: 2161-0673

Journal of Sports Medicine & Doping Studies
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Research Article

Oxygen Consumption during Different Exercise Protocols in the Aged

Mark R McKean*, Timothy B Stockwell and Brendan J Burkett

Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering, University of Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

*Corresponding Author:
Mark McKean
Faculty of Science, Health
Education and Engineering
University of Sunshine Coast
Queensland, Australia
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Received Date: June 25, 2018; Accepted Date: August 09, 2012; Published Date: August 13, 2012

Citation: McKean MR, Stockwell TB, Burkett BJ (2012) Oxygen Consumption during Different Exercise Protocols in the Aged. J Sports Med Doping Stud 2:114. doi: 10.4172/2161-0673.1000114

Copyright: © 2012 McKean MR, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Objectives: The objective of this study was to compare response; specifically oxygen consumption; of a single bout of exercise using two different (constant and interval) intensity protocols in an aged population.
Design: Ten males (68.8 ± 3.7 years) and six females (66.2 ± 3.5 years) were recruited for this study. All participants were actively involved in three hours of physical activity per week and were able to use a cycle ergometer unaided.
Methods: Participants completed two randomised 20 min exercise protocols on a cycle ergometer, each with equal work output. The constant intensity session was at 50% of Vo2max, and the 1 min interval session varied from 70% to 30% Vo2max. Oxygen consumption was measured during the following phases; resting, warm-up, exercise, cooldown and 20 mins post-exercise.
Results: Similar values were found when comparing the overall oxygen consumption for the constant and interval protocols respectively. However, significant differences (p<0.05) were found between the two different intensities during the exercise phase.
Conclusions: The interval training protocol consumed higher levels of oxygen during the exercise phase when compared to the constant intensity protocol, despite the participants reporting similar RPE. These age-specific differences should be considered for future exercise prescription for this at-risk population.


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