Can the Lamberts Submaximal Cycle Test Reflect Overreaching in Professional Cyclists?
The Lamberts and Lambert Submaximal Cycle Test (LSCT) consists of 3 stages during which cyclist’s cycle for 6 minutes at 60%, 6 minutes at 80% and 3 minutes at 90% of their maximal heart rate, followed by one-minute recovery. It was the aim of this study to determine if the LSCT is able to reflect a state of functional overreaching in professional female cyclists during an 8-day training camp and the following recovery days.
Six professional female cyclists performed an LSCT on day 1, day 5 and day 8 of the training camp and 3 days after the training camp. During each stage of the LSCT, power output and rating of perceived exertion (RPE) were determined. Training diaries and profile of mood status (POMS) were also completed.
At the middle and the end of the training camp, increased power output during the 2nd and 3rd stage of the LSCT were accompanied with increased RPE during these stages and/or the inability to reach 90% of their maximal heart rate. All athletes reported increased feelings of fatigue and muscle soreness, while changes in energy-balance, calculated from the POMS, were less indicative of a state of overreaching. After 3 days of recovery, all parameters of the LSCT returned to baseline, indicating a state of functional overreaching during the training camp.
Autor / Fonte:Lieselot Decroix, Robert P Lamberts, Romain Meeusen International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance 2017 April 19, : 1-20