This presentation is centered around introducing some of the key concepts pertaining to theapplication of aerobic conditioning for both team sport and endurance athletes. The presentationintroduces key terms and definitions which underpin the application of objectively prescribed aerobic conditioning, with a particular focus on the intricacies of field-based fitness testing to not only determine aerobic fitness but also provide coaches and practitioners with an accurate maximal aerobic speed value.
The field-based fitness testing section not only covers the validity and reliability of the tests, but also provides a broader overview which highlights testing protocols, target athletes or sports and the accuracy of maximal aerobic speed determination. The importance of field-based testing is emphasised in this presentation as it fundamentally underpins the application of objectively guided aerobic conditioning for athletes. Failing to consider the testing information in this presentation will adversely impact a coach’s ability to prescribe accurate and effective objective aerobic conditioning for their athletes. The presentation concludes with insight into the effectiveness of high intensity interval training (HIIT) for improving aerobic fitness when compared to other conditioning types, such as continuous / steady state training or fartlek training.
- Introduce key aerobic conditioning concepts (i.e. velocity at VO2max, maximal aerobicspeed).
- Understand the differences between field based and laboratory-based testing.
- Identify which field-based fitness tests are most suitable for the determination of aerobicfitness and maximal aerobic for athletes and sports.
- Have the ability to improve the accuracy of the determined maximal aerobic speed values using the provided equations for field-based tests.
- Understand the effectiveness of HIIT for improving aerobic fitness across a wide variety ofathletes and sports.
- Insight into the acute physiological responses for both short and long HIIT.