25 February 2016
Laboratory and Field based assessment of maximal aerobic power of elite SUP athletes.
A new study covering both laboratory and field test assessments, published International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, investigates on the maximal aerobic power of elite Stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) athletes.
10 internationally and nationally ranked elite SUP athletes were assessed in a laboratory and compared with other water-based athletes (surfing, dragon-boat racing, and canoeing). Field-based assessments were subsequently performed using a portable gas-analysis system (COSMED K4b2), and a correlation between the 2 measures was performed.
The results show that "SUP athletes can be assessed for maximal aerobic power in the laboratory with high correlation to field-based measures. Elite SUP athletes display aerobic power outputs similar to those of other upper-limb-dominant elite water-based athletes".
The study details are available at the following link: click here