Pulteney & UniSA connecting through Physical Education - Year 10 Sport Science

23rd March 2017

On Thursday 23 March, as a part of their recent topic of Games Analysis, the Year 10 Sport Science class took part in fitness testing at the Human Movement department of the University of South Australia (UniSA). Elite sportswomen and men commonly use these tests to predict their body’s capacity to perform. This gave the students an insight into the types of tests that are done to predict and monitor elite performance.

One of these tests was the Astrand-Rhyming test. This is a simple 6-minute cycle ergometer test to predict VO2max, which measures the maximum volume of oxygen that an athlete can use (measured in milliliters per kilogram of body weight per minute (ml/kg/min). This test uses measurements taken at a submaximal level to predict what those measurements would be at a maximal level. As the test is considered submaximal, it did not require the students to fully exert themselves. As a result, the students were able to find their Relative VO2max and compare it to the world’s elite athletes.

The other test which the students took part in was the Wingate Anaerobic Test (WAnT). The Wingate test is a 30-second cycle ergometer protocol used to assess peak anaerobic power and anaerobic capacity. As the test is considered as a ‘max’ test, it required the student to put in maximal effort for as long as possible. As a result, the students were able to determine their peak power and their fatigue factor over the 30 second test duration.

Overall, this was an eye-opening excursion, which gave the students a practical experience in relation to the careers in Sports Science. It allowed the class to experience and take part in these tests first hand, as well as see what this subject may lead onto in the future.

Maddi Ashby – Year 10 Sport Science student

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