BRUCE TEST RESULTS AND BODY MASS COMPONENTS IN U20 SOCCER PLAYERS

Jasmina Pluncevic Gligoroska, Sanja Manchevska, Danche Nikova Gudevska, Lidija Todorovska

The purpose of this study is to provide information about cardiovascular parameters as a response to ergometric testing by Bruce protocol and their correlation with body mass components in young adult football players in the Republic of Macedonia. A group of 204 footballers, aged 17 to 19, mean age=years was tested. Anthropometric method by Matiegka protocol was used to estimate body mass components. The Bruce ergometric test was used to estimate maximal oxygen consumption (VO2max) and general endurance. The mean values of anthropometric measures were as follows: height = 177.8  6.12 cm, weight = 71.1  7.69 kg; muscle mass percent (MM%)= 52.06  2.51; bone mass (BM) percent 17.34  1.2; body fat percent (BF%)=13.69 1.79. The general results of ergometric testing were as follows: heart rate at rest (HRR) was 74.4513.42 bpm; mean exercise time (ET) =13.38  2.09 minutes and VO2max = 48.4  8.44 ml/kg/min. A weak positive correlation was found between MMkg (absolute muscle mass) and endurance score. A moderate positive correlation was found between heart rate in 1st minute of testing (HR1) and heart rate at the recovery period (HRR3). A moderate negative correlation was found between HR1 and exercise time (ET).

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