Effects of foot-pedal positions by inexperienced cyclists at the highest aerobic level

Duane Millslagle, Sara Rubbelke, Tom Mullin, John Keener, Ryan Swetkovich

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to assess whether the platform footpedal position affected maximal oxygen intake (VO2 max) at the highest aerobic demand in cycling. 21 inexperienced cyclists completed two exercise tests, one in the "normal" platform foot-pedal position and the other in the Biopedal™ forefoot varus foot-pedal position, cycling on an exercise ergometer. The time between tests ranged from 1 to 3 days depending on the subject's reported fatigue and muscle soreness. The highest aerobic demand was the subject's VO2 max at the point just below the subject's anaerobic threshold. A one-way analysis of variance indicated that the subject's VO2 max performance was similar between the foot-pedal positions. These results did not support the assumption that the Biopedal™ forefoot varus foot-pedal position would enable the cyclist to be more efficient at the highest aerobic demand when compared to a standard platform foot-pedal position.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1074-1080
Number of pages7
JournalPerceptual and motor skills
Volume98
Issue number3 I
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2004

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