VO2 max from a one-mile jog
Testing and measurement are the means of collecting information upon which subsequent performance evaluations and decisions are made but, in the analysis, we need to bear in mind the factors that may influence the results.
A study conducted by George et al. (1993) used the heart rates, body weights, and one-mile jog times from 54 students to create a mathematical equation for VO2 max. They then used the equation to forecast the VO2 max of another 52 runners involved in the study. When these predicted VO2 max were compared with the runners' VO2 max determined in the laboratory, the equation proved to be very accurate.
To monitor the development of the athlete's VO2 max.
To undertake this test, you will require:
How to conduct the test
The George et al. (1993) algorithms to calculate VO2 max are:
Where W = Weight in kg, T = Time for the one-mile run and H = Heart Rate at the end of the run
For an analysis of your VO2 max score see the VO2 max page.
Analysis of the test result is by comparing it with the athlete's previous results for this test. It is expected that, with appropriate training between each test, the analysis would indicate an improvement in the athlete's VO2 max.
This test is suitable for endurance athletes and players of endurance sports (e.g. football, rugby) but not for individuals where the test would be contraindicated.
The test result will be most accurate for athletes aged 18 to 29, but older athletes can still use this test to monitor gains in fitness and obtain an estimate for their VO2 max.
Test reliability refers to the degree to which a test is consistent and stable in measuring what it is intended to measure. Reliability will depend upon how strict the test is conducted and the individual's level of motivation to perform the test. The following link provides a variety of factors that may influence the results and therefore the test reliability.
Test validity refers to the degree to which the test actually measures what it claims to measure and the extent to which inferences, conclusions, and decisions made on the basis of test scores are appropriate and meaningful. This test provides a means to monitor the effect of training on the athlete's physical development. For an assessment of your VO2 max see the VO2 max normative data tables.
VO2 max from a one-mile jog - a free Microsoft Excel spreadsheet which you can download and use on your computer.
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