Performance and Recovery of Well-Trained Younger and Older Athletes during Different HIIT Protocols

Hottenrott, Laura; Möhle, Martin; Feichtinger, Sarah; Ketelhut, Sascha; Stoll, Oliver; Hottenrott, Kuno (2022). Performance and Recovery of Well-Trained Younger and Older Athletes during Different HIIT Protocols. Sports, 10(1), p. 9. MDPI 10.3390/sports10010009

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Due to physiological and morphological differences, younger and older athletes may recover differently from training loads. High-intensity interval training (HIIT) protocols are useful for studying the progression of recovery. It was the objective of this study to determine age differences in performance and recovery following different HIIT protocols. Methods: 12 younger (24.5 ± 3.7 years) and 12 older (47.3 ± 8.6 years) well-trained cyclists and triathletes took part in this study. Between the age groups there were no significant differences in relative peak power to fat-free mass, maximal heart rate (HR), training volume, and VO2max-percentiles (%). Participants performed different HIIT protocols consisting of 4 × 30 s Wingate tests with different active rest intervals (1, 3, or 10 min). Peak and average power, lactate, HR, respiratory exchange ratio (RER), subjective rating of perceived exertion (RPE), and recovery (Total Quality Recovery scale, TQR) were assessed. Results: During the different HIIT protocols, metabolic, cardiovascular, and subjective recovery were similar between the two groups. No significant differences were found in average lactate concentration, peak and average power, fatigue (%), %HRmax, RER, RPE, and TQR values between the groups (p > 0.05). Conclusion: The findings of this study indicate that recovery following HIIT does not differ between the two age groups. Furthermore, older and younger participants displayed similar lactate kinetics after the intermittent exercise protocols.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW)
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW) > Health Science

UniBE Contributor:

Ketelhut, Sascha Ingemar


700 Arts > 790 Sports, games & entertainment








Edith Desideria Imthurn

Date Deposited:

27 Sep 2022 10:17

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27 Sep 2022 10:17

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

aging; master athletes; endurance exercise Wingate test; HIIT; interval training; cycling; recovery; lactate; heart rate recovery




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