TESTING MIDDLE DISTANCE RUNNERS
Sleivert, G. G., & Reid, A. K. (1996). The relationship of aerobic and anaerobic indices to middle distance running performance. Medicine and Science in Exercise and Sports, 28(5), Supplement abstract 414.
The relationships of laboratory and field measures to middle-distance running performance were assessed. Tests traditionally used for long distance runners (VO2peak, LT, and running economy) may also be used for middle-distance runners. Time-trial information was at least as useful as laboratory tests for monitoring and predicting middle-distance running performances.
Implication. Time-trial information is as useful as laboratory tests for monitoring training progress and status of middle-distance runners. At best, laboratory tests can be used to verify that which can be deduced from time-trial performances.
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