Discriminant analysis of the specialty of elite cyclist

Peinado Lozano, Ana Belen and Benito Peinado, Pedro José and Díaz Molina, Víctor and González, Coral and García Zapico, Augusto and Álvarez Sánchez, María and Maffulli, Nicola and Calderón Montero, Francisco Javier (2011). Discriminant analysis of the specialty of elite cyclist. "Journal of Human Sport And Exercise", v. 6 (n. 3); pp. 480-489. ISSN 1988-5202.


Title: Discriminant analysis of the specialty of elite cyclist
  • Peinado Lozano, Ana Belen
  • Benito Peinado, Pedro José
  • Díaz Molina, Víctor
  • González, Coral
  • García Zapico, Augusto
  • Álvarez Sánchez, María
  • Maffulli, Nicola
  • Calderón Montero, Francisco Javier
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Journal of Human Sport And Exercise
Date: 2011
Volume: 6
Freetext Keywords: physiological characteristics; cycling; specialists; discriminant analysis
Faculty: Facultad de Ciencias de la Actividad Física y del Deporte (INEF) (UPM)
Department: Salud y Rendimiento Humano
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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The different demands of competition coupled with the morphological and physiological characteristics of cyclists have led to the appearance of cycling specialities. The aims of this study were to determine the differences in the anthropometric and physiological features in road cyclists with different specialities, and to develop a multivariate model to classify these specialities and predict which speciality may be appropriate to a given cyclist. Twenty male, elite amateur cyclists were classified by their trainers as either flat terrain riders, hill climbers, or all-terrain riders. Anthropometric and cardiorespiratory studies were then undertaken. The results were analysed by MANOVA and two discriminant tests. Most differences between the speciality groups were of an anthropometric nature. The only cardiorespiratory variable that differed significantly (p < 0.05) was maximum oxygen consumption with respect to body weight (VO2max/kg). The first discriminant test classified 100% of the cyclists within their true speciality; the second, which took into account only anthropometric variables, correctly classified 75%. The first discriminant model allows the likely speciality of still non-elite cyclists to be predicted from a small number of variables, and may therefore help in their specific training.

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Item ID: 11785
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/11785/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:11785
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 08 Nov 2012 10:23
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2014 10:51
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