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Degree

Master of Science

Program

Kinesiology

Supervisor(s)

Dr. Glen Belfry

Abstract

The purpose was to compare the physiological responses to periodic 5 s breath holds (CBH), increased power output (FLK), and both (FBH) every 30 s followed by 25 s of continuous heavy intensity cycling exercise with free-breathing (CON). Minute ventilation (V̇ E) was greater (p < 0.05) in CBH (97.58 + 16 L·min-1) and FBH (100.9 + 19 L·min-1), pulmonary oxygen uptake (V̇ O2p) was similar in CBH (2.73 + 0.14 L·min-1) and FBH (2.73 + 0.14 L·min-1) and greater in FLK (2.85 + 0.12 L·min-1), compared to CON (2.71 + 0.12 L·min-1). FBH also resulted in slower V̇ O2p kinetics (62.2 + 19 s) and greater blood lactate concentrations (11.5 + 2.7 mM), compared to CON (48.8 + 12 s; 9.0 + 2.3 mM). Together, we demonstrated that breath hold-induced hypoxemia and hypercapnia were resolved when not combined with additional work.

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