RELIABILTY AND VALIDITY OF A DISCONTINOUS GRADED EXERCISE TEST ON DANSPRINT® ERGOMETER
The aim of this study was to determine the validity and reliability of a graded exercise test on a specific kayak ergometer (Dansprint®) in which certain physiological and technical parameters that can to define kayaking performance were assessed. Fourteen male top-level kayak paddlers (all members of Spanish Kayaking National Team) participated in this investigation. All subjects carried out two ergometric tests (Ergo1 and Ergo2) and one flat water test (FWT) in random order. At anaerobic threshold (AnT) intensity, the results showed acceptable levels of reliability (comparison between data of Ergo1 and Ergo2 tests) in the assessment of velocity (r=0.784; p=0.004), stroke frequency (r=0.976; p<0.001), heart rate (r=0.964; p<0.001), and blood lactic acid concentration (r=0.899; p<0.001). Validity coefficients showed a strong relationships between Ergo2 and FWT tests in all physiological and technical parameters with the exception of velocity (r=0.498; p=0.121).
It can be concluded that specific ergometry can be used to evaluate and to prescribe training AnT intensities of top-level kayakers attending to parameters such us heart rate, whole blood lactic acid concentration, and stroke frequency. Nevertheless, the training prescription through specific ergometry must be taken cautiously when velocity is the parameter of reference.