The Effectiveness of a 30-Week Concurrent Strength and Endurance Training Programme in Preparation for an Ultra- Endurance Handcycling Challenge: A Case Study

Nevin, Jonpaul and Smith, Paul (2021) The Effectiveness of a 30-Week Concurrent Strength and Endurance Training Programme in Preparation for an Ultra- Endurance Handcycling Challenge: A Case Study. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. ISSN 1555-0265

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Abstract

Purpose: The aim of the following case study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a 30-week concurrent strength and endurance training programme designed to prepare a trained H4 male handcyclist (aged 28 years, bi-lateral, above knee amputee, body mass 65.6 kg), for a 1,407 km ultra-endurance handcycling challenge. Methods: This observational case study tracked selected physiological measures, training intensity distribution, and total training load over the course of a 30-week concurrent training protocol. Furthermore, the athlete’s performance profile during the ultra-endurance challenge was monitored with power output, cadence, speed, and heart rate recorded throughout. Results: Findings revealed considerable improvements in power output at a fixed blood lactate concentration of 4 mmol·l-1 (+25.7%), peak aerobic power output (+18.9%), power-to-mass ratio (+18.3%), relative V̇O2peak (+13.9%), gross mechanical efficiency (+4.6%), bench press 1RM (+4.3%), and prone bench pull 1RM (+14.9%). The athlete completed the 1,407 km route in a new handcycling world record time of 89:55 hrs. Average speed was 18.7 ± 2.1 km∙hr-1; cadence averaged 70.0 ± 2.6 rpm, whilst average PO was 67 ± 12 W. In terms of internal load, the athletes average heart rate was 111 ± 11 b·min-1. Conclusion: These findings demonstrate how a long-term concurrent strength and endurance training programme can be used to optimise handcycling performance capabilities in preparation for an ultra-endurance cycling event. Knowledge emerging from this case study provides valuable information that can guide best practice with respect to handcycling training for ultra-endurance events.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Paralympic Sport, Handbiking, Upper Body Strength, Endurance, Arm Ergometry
Depositing User: RED Unit Admin
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2021 09:18
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2021 08:37
URI: https://bucks.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/18154

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