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Exerc Sport Sci Rev. 2000 Jan;28(1):10-4.

New ideas on limitations to VO2max.

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Division of Physiology, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0623A, La Jolla, CA 92093-0623, USA.


VO2max indicates maximal oxidative metabolic capacity (unfit subjects) or maximal O2 supply (athletes). The latter reflects integration of all transport steps from air to cytochromes. Every step contributes something; the importance of each contribution varies with conditions. Cardiac output seems most important at sea level; at higher altitudes, lung/muscle diffusion are more critical.

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