Racing performance and incremental double poling test on treadmill in elite female cross-country skiers

Nicolas Fabre, Filippo Balestreri, Allesandro Leonardi, Fedrico Schena

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The national Italian cross-country ski team has been evaluated on the basis of a new double poling crosscountry roller skiing incremental test to exhaustion (DP) on a motorized driven treadmill. To verify the capacity of this specific test to predict performance, peak oxygen uptake (V̇O 2peak), oxygen uptake at anaerobic threshold (V̇O2Th), peak treadmill speed, and treadmill speed at anaerobic threshold (S peak and STh, respectively) were measured during the test and correlated with the level of performance of 10 world class Italian female cross-country skiers. The physiological data obtained were also compared with results of an incremental and maximal test carried out by the same athletes but with the diagonal stride (DS) technique. Peak heart rate (HRpeak), HRTh, and V̇O2Th were significantly higher during DS than during DP (p , 0.001 for HRpeak and heart rate at anaerobic threshold (HRTh) p, 0.05 for V̇O2Th), whereas no difference was observed for V̇O 2peak. Speak and V̇O2peak were significantly correlated to FISI points only during DP (r = -0.88, p <0.001 and r = -0.77, p <0.01, respectively). STh and V̇O 2Th during DP and V̇O2Th during DS were correlated with the level of performance (r = 20.88, p , 0.001; r = -0.63, p , 0.05; and r = -0.65, p <0.05, respectively). Finally, V̇O2peak DP/V̇O2peak DS ratio was also correlated to the performance (r = -0.77, p <0.01). On the other hand, no peak value achieved during DS was correlated with the level of performance. Based on these physiological results, this incremental DP test to exhaustion appears like a good predictor of elite cross-country skiers' performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)401-407
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Strength and Conditioning Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2010


  • Anaerobic threshold
  • Heart rate
  • Oxygen uptake
  • Roller ski
  • Specific testing protocol

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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