The assessment of maximal aerobic power with the multistage fitness test in young women soccer players

Carlo Castagna, Franco M. Impellizzeri, Vincenzo Manzi, Massimiliano Ditroilo

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The aims of this study were to assess the criterion validity and the accuracy in estimating maximal aerobic power (V̇O2max) of a popular shuttle running field test (multistage fitness test [MSFT]) in women soccer players. Twenty-six women soccer players (age 12.1 ± 0.9 years, body mass 50 ± 9.2 kg, and height 155 ± 5.7 cm) were tested over separate occasions for V̇O2max (V̇O2max test) and MSFT performances with (MSFT peak oxygen uptake) or without (MSFT) gas analysis. Data showed that the V̇O2max estimation using the MSFT predicting nomogram was significantly lower than MSFT V̇O2peak (32.7 ± 3.9 vs. 40.1 ± 5.9 ml·kg -1·min-1; p <0.001). No significant difference between V̇O2 max test and MSFT for maximal V̇O2 and heart rate (HR) was observed (38.7 ± 4.7 vs. 40.1 ± 5.9 ml·kg-1·min-1 and 203 ± 5.3 vs. 200 ± 9.8 beats·min-1; p > 0.05; n = 15). The MSFT performance (950 ± 213 m) results significantly correlated with MSFT-V̇O2peak (r = 0.70; p <0.001). This study results showed that the MSFT predicting nomogram significantly underestimated V̇O 2peak. Average difference being in the order of 23% of the estimated value. Resulting MSFT-V̇O2peak significantly related to MSFT performance, and this test may be considered as an indirect measure of individual V̇O2max in young women soccer players. Furthermore, MSFT may be used as a valid test to assess V̇O2peak and HRmax when a portable gas analyzer and a HR monitor are available. However, great individual differences may occur. In light of this study results, it is suggested to consider MSFT performance (distance covered) and not estimated V̇O2max when dealing with young women soccer players.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1488-1494
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Strength and Conditioning Research
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010


  • Aerobic fitness
  • Association football
  • Maximal oxygen uptake
  • Shuttle running
  • Team sports

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Medicine(all)


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