SPORTS MEDICINE & ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE CENTER
Maximal oxygen consumption (VO2Max) is the maximum rate of oxygen consumption as measured during incremental exercise. VO2Max reflects the aerobic physical fitness of the individual, and is an important determinant of endurance capacity during prolonged, sub-maximal exercise. The name is derived from V-volume, O2-oxygen, and Max-maximum. VO2Max is expressed either as an absolute rate in liters of oxygen per minute (l/min) or as a relative rate in milliliters of oxygen per kilogram of body mass per minute ml/(kg·min). The latter expression is often used to compare the performance of endurance sports athletes. Measuring VO2Max accurately requires an all-out effort, usually on a treadmill or bicycle performed, under a strict protocol in a sports performance lab. These protocols involve specific increases in the speed and intensity of the exercise and collection and measurement of the volume and oxygen concentration of inhaled and exhaled air. This determines how much oxygen the athlete is using. GSA facilities and cutting-edge equipment offer our specialists to measure VO2Max in both classical (e.g., treadmill and cycle ergometer) and sport specific settings.
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