Heart rate response to different training phases in young female acrosport athletes

Eloisa Limonta, Marta Cavagna, Massimo Venturelli, Emiliano Cè, Fabio Esposito

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Background: Acrosport is a specific type of gymnastics executed in pairs or groups of athletes, characterized by static, acrobatic, and choreographic elements. Very few data are available in the literature on the physiological profile of acrosport athletes. Purpose: The aim of the study was to evaluate the heart rate (HR) response to the different phases of a typical acrosport training session. Methods: Twenty female acrosport athletes (13 bases and 7 tops) volunteered for the study. To assess the cardiovascular commitment and the percentage of HR utilized, data were averaged during the entire training session and for each training phase. Was calculated also the percentage of HR reserve for each training phase. Results: HR response showed a statistical difference among the different training phases in both base and top athletes. Moreover, bases and tops had a significantly different HR response only in the individual phases. Conclusion: The training phases during a typical acrosport training session revealed a different cardiovascular commitment during exercise. Differences between tops and bases were also retrieved and were probably due to the different level of experience and the different role played by tops and bases during the same combination of exercises.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalSport Sciences for Health
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Nov 26 2015


  • Exercise
  • Gymnastics
  • Heart rate reserve
  • Routine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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