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Norton: VO2 Max Testing

First Team News
// 17 Dec 2019

Dundalk FC players returned to the gym this week for some VO2 max testing with Dublin based company Body Track.

Vo2 testing measures the ability to transport oxygen from the air and deliver it to working muscles. It provides a detailed breakdown of fitness profiles and highlights the indicators for progression. It serves as an indicator in determining cardiovascular fitness and performance capacity.

It is based on the premise that the more oxygen an athlete consumes during high-level exercise, the more the body will generate triphosphate (ATP) energy cells. ATP is often referred to as the “molecular unit of currency” of intracellular energy.

The players were hooked to the equipment via a mask and were wearing a heart rate monitor. The intensity will increase at one set intervals by speed/incline to raise oxygen consumption and heart rate. The minimum the test can last in four minutes and the maximum the test can last is 24 minutes.

Speaking to dundalkfc.com, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Graham Norton, said: “Basically this is a test that helps us individualise the lads training. It looks like energy systems so where the lads have been stronger, or weaker in certain areas aerobically or anaerobically.

“It gives us some good data in terms of where the lads are strong and weak metabolically so we can work on that coming to pre-season so that different lads work on their own strengths and weaknesses.

“It also gives us some really accurate data in terms of their max heart rate, their fitness levels at the moment and then we can re-test that towards the end of pre-season and see who has improved and what lads need to improve further.

“The benefits for us as staff is that it individualises the training process, we have some really good data out of it and we can use it alongside things like our GPS and heart-rate monitor system so it basically makes the training process more individual to the player.”