Heart rate and blood lactate evaluation in bouldering elite athletes

A. L A Torre, D. Crespi, F. R. Serpiello, G. Merati

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Aim. Bouldering contests consist of a series of short routes, called "problems", which shall be climbed without ropes. The purpose of this study was to determine blood lactate [Lac] con- centration and heart rate (HR) adaptations both during an official bouldering competition and a simulated contest. Methods. Eleven Italian elite climbers (6 males, 5 females) were tested from two bouldering national competitions (BNC). [Lac] assessments were done before and 2, 4, 6, 8 min after the con- test On a separate occasion, 9 different elite climbers (6 males, 3 females), matched for anthropometric features and ranking, were assessed in a simulated bouldering contest (SBC), under conditions and difficulties comparable to BNC. HR was mea- sured through the whole performance; [Lac] was assessed before and 3 min after the achievement of each problem. Results. The ascending time in both BNC and SBC was 391±85 s and 551±96 s (P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-24
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009


  • Heart rate -
  • Lactic acid -
  • Muscle
  • Skeletal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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