Date of Award

Spring 5-3-2017

Degree Type

Creative Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Kinesiology and Health Science

First Advisor

Dale R. Wagner

Second Advisor

Edward M. Heath

Third Advisor

Breanna E. Studenka

Abstract

Purpose: This study evaluated the test-retest reliability of the Wingate Anaerobic Test (WAnT) performed on a Velotron electromagnetically-braked cycle ergometer (EE) for power-trained athletes and assessed whether a familiarization trial was necessary to achieve high test-retest reliability. Methods: Twenty-one male ice hockey players (age 23.5 ± 4.7 yrs, mass 86.3 ± 16.6 kg, height 180.9 ± 7.4 cm) from a collegiate club team (Club = 10) and a recreational league (Rec = 11) performed three, 30-sec WAnTs within 2 weeks, and with at least 24 hours between visits. Mean power, anaerobic capacity, peak power, anaerobic power, maximum RPM, and fatigue index were assessed. Resistance was 8.5% of the participant’s body weight. Results: The effect of time on power output was moderated (p < .001, ηp2 = .24) such that a significant increase was observed after a practice trial, but not between subsequent trials for the Club players; no practice effect was observed among Rec players. Extremely high reliability was found between trials after excluding the practice trial (ICC1,1 > .89). The Club players achieved higher outputs despite no significant differences in body size or age compared to the Rec League players. Conclusion: Ice hockey players performing the 30-sec WAnT on the Velotron EE had highly reliable data, and using a familiarization trial is recommended to increase reliability and achieve higher power outputs. Lastly, because WAnT results from EE and mechanically-braked ergometers cannot be compared, normative tables for EE results need to be created.

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