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Int J Sports Physiol Perform. 2017 Mar;12(3):364-369. doi: 10.1123/ijspp.2016-0185. Epub 2016 Aug 24.

Validity, Reliability, and Sensitivity of a Volleyball Intermittent Endurance Test.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To analyze the concurrent and construct validity of a volleyball intermittent endurance test (VIET). The VIET's test-retest reliability and sensitivity to assess seasonal changes was also studied.

METHODS:

During the preseason, 71 volleyball players of different competitive levels took part in this study. All performed the VIET and a graded treadmill test with gas-exchange measurement (GXT). Thirty-one of the players performed an additional VIET to analyze the test-retest reliability. To test the VIET's sensitivity, 28 players repeated the VIET and GXT at the end of their season.

RESULTS:

Significant (P < .001) relationships between VIET distance and maximal oxygen uptake (r = .74) and GXT maximal speed (r = .78) were observed. There were no significant differences between the VIET performance test and retest (1542.1 ± 338.1 vs 1567.1 ± 358.2 m). Significant (P < .001) relationships and intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) were found (r = .95, ICC = .96) for VIET performance. VIET performance increased significantly (P < .001) with player performance level and was sensitive to fitness changes across the season (1458.8 ± 343.5 vs 1581.1 ± 334.0 m, P < .01).

CONCLUSIONS:

The VIET may be considered a valid, reliable, and sensitive test to assess the aerobic endurance in volleyball players.

KEYWORDS:

field testing; intermittent exercise; volleyball performance

PMID:
27348026
DOI:
10.1123/ijspp.2016-0185
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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