Training for the HandbikeBattle: an explorative analysis of training load and handcycling physical capacity in recreationally active wheelchair users

HandbikeBattle Grp, Ingrid Kouwijzer*, Linda J. M. Valent, Coen A. M. van Bennekom, Marcel W. M. Post, Lucas H. V. van der Woude, Sonja de Groot

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Abstract

Purpose

(1) to analyze training characteristics of recreationally active wheelchair users during handcycle training, and (2) to examine the associations between training load and change in physical capacity.

Methods

Former rehabilitation patients (N = 60) with health conditions such as spinal cord injury or amputation were included. Participants trained for five months. A handcycling/arm crank graded exercise test was performed before and after the training period. Outcomes: peak power output per kg (POpeak/kg) and peak oxygen uptake per kg (VO(2)peak/kg). Training load was defined as Training Impulse (TRIMP), which is rating of perceived exertion (sRPE) multiplied by duration of the session, in arbitrary units (AU). Training intensity distribution (TID) was also determined (time in zone 1, RPE = 7).

Results

Multilevel regression analyses showed that TRIMPsRPE was not significantly associated with change in physical capacity. Time in zone 2 (RPE 5-6) was significantly associated with Delta VO(2)peak, %Delta VO(2)peak, Delta VO(2)peak/kg and %Delta VO(2)peak/kg.

Conclusion

Training at RPE 5-6 was the only determinant that was significantly associated with improvement in physical capacity. Additional controlled studies are necessary to demonstrate causality and gather more information about its usefulness, and optimal handcycle training regimes for recreationally active wheelchair users.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalDisability and Rehabilitation
Early online date2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3-Nov-2020

Keywords

  • sRPE
  • training intensity distribution
  • monotony
  • strain
  • upper-body exercise
  • SPINAL-CORD-INJURY
  • SHOULDER PAIN
  • HEART-RATE
  • EXERCISE
  • PEOPLE
  • FITNESS
  • PERFORMANCE
  • INTENSITY

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