Physiological responses at the fatigue threshold

T. J. Housh, G. O. Johnson, S. L. McDowell, D. J. Housh, M. Pepper

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The purpose of this investigation was to determine the oxygen consumption, heart rate and plasma lactate responses at the fatigue threshold (FT) and estimate the length of time the FT could be maintained. Ten adult males (x̄ age ± SD = 21.1 ± 1.3 yrs) volunteered to perform a maximal treadmill test and FT test. During the maximal test, V̇O2, heart rate and plasma lactate measurements were taken. The results of the investigation indicated that the FT (14.0±1.2 Km·hr-1, 197±8 bpm; 47.5±5.7 ml/kg·min -1, 5.4±103 mM) was very close to a maximal effort (V̇O2max = 14.4±1.2 Km·hr-1, 203±10 bpm; 49.5±6.1 ml/kg·min-1, 7.4±2.1 mM) and could be maintained for only 0.16 to 0.28 hrs. These findings do not support the validity of the FT as a measure of the maximal running velocity that can be continued for an extended period of time without exhaustion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)305-308
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Sports Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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