Title

A Comparison of Cycle Ergometer VO2max Test and On-Ice Aerobic Test on UND Women's Ice Hockey Team

Date of Award

8-1-2005

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Kinesiology & Public Health Education

Abstract

Due to the great increase in popularity of women’s ice hockey, it is important for coaches to have good testing and training methods in order to know their players’ on-ice fitness level. This study examined the correlation between the on-ice Reed Repeat Skating test (RSS) and the off-ice cycle ergometer VCtemax test on female collegiate ice hockey players. Twenty-one participants were tested on both tests but only fourteen participants’ data could be analyzed.

The results indicated that the off-ice V02max test was not significantly correlated to RSS drop-off index (r = -0.253) and total time (r = -0.480). Player’s age, body mass, and playing position were not good indicators to predict player’s RSS drop-off index (over-20yr= 18.35 ±6.86, under-20yr = 19.02 ± 2.71; over-70kg = 18.13 ±5.07, under- 70kg = 19.01 ±5.81; F= 19.93 ± 5.76, D = 16.31 ± 3.88) and total time (over-20yr = 95.30 ± 5.00, under-20yr = 99.94 ± 2.42; over-70kg = 98.11 ± 5.28, under-70kg = 96.67 ± 4 33; F = 97.57 ± 3.48, D = 96.78 ± 6.70). R-VChmaxwas only significantly correlated to player’s body mass (over-70 = 33.28 ± 6.1 lml/kg/min, under-70 = 38.80 ± 2.49ml/kg/min) but was not significantly correlated to playing position (F = 37.07 ± 5.32 ml/kg/min, D = 35.30 ± 4.95 ml/kg/min) and age (over-20 = 38.45 ± 5.13ml/kg/min, under-20 = 33.75 ± 3.85ml/kg/min). The results suggested that the cycle ergometer V0?.max test might not be an ideal predictor of the women collegiate ice hockey players’ on-ice fitness.

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