Marko D. Stojanovic1, Julio Calleja-Gonzalez2, Mladen Mikic3, Dejan M. Madic3, Patrik Drid1, Igor Vuckovic4, Sergej M. Ostojic1

1University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Sport and Physical Education, Novi Sad, Serbia; Center for Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences, Belgrade, Serbia
2University of the Basque Country, Faculty of Sport Sciences, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
3University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Sport and Physical Education, Novi Sad, Serbia
4University of Banja Luka, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Accuracy and Criterion-Related Validity of the 20-M Shuttle Run Test in Well-Trained Young Basketball Players

Monten. J. Sports Sci. Med. 2016, 5(2), 5-10


The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the specificity of a 20-m shuttle run test (SRT) as a measure of maximal oxygen consumption (VO2max) in young well-trained basketball players. Thirty-four volunteers (mean ± SD; age 15.74 ± 1.23 years, height 187.61 ± 7.95 cm, body mass 74.09 ± 11.61 kg; training experience 6.30 ± 2.15 years) participated in the study. The 20-m shuttle run test was performed wearing a portable gas analyzer (K4b2, Cosmed) to measure VO2max during the test. SRT-derived VO2max underestimated directly measured values (48.91 ± 4,11 vs 55.45 ± 4.98). Mean bias was 6.54 ± 3.89 ml kg-1 min-1 (95% CI- 5.18 to 7.90 ml kg-1 min-1 ). Typical error of the estimate was 3.85 ml/kg/min-1 (95% CI- 3.10 to 5.10 ml kg-1 min-1 ; ES= 0,77). There was a moderate correlation between VO2max directly measured and estimated by SRT (r= 0.65; 95% CI- 0.40 to 0.81, power = 0.84, p < 0.01). Although very popular among coaches, it seems that SRT is not an appropriate field test to measure maximal oxygen consumption in young well-trained basketball players.


Team sports, Field test, Maximal oxygen consumption

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