Physiological responses of skilled players during a competitive wheelchair tennis match.

Academic Article


  • The purpose of this study was to determine heart rate (HR, b.min(-1)) response during competitive match play of 6 men who were skilled wheelchair (WC) tennis players. Each participant completed an arm crank ergometer test that measured HR via a telemetry device and O2 via open circuit spirometry from rest until fatigue (.V(O2)peak). Each athlete participated in 2 competitive singles matches during which HRs were recorded in 5-second intervals and O2 was estimated using the corresponding HR values recorded during the arm ergometer tests. Data analysis revealed an average playing intensity of 69.4 +/- 8.9% of HRpeak and 49.9 +/-14.5% of .V(O2)peak. In conclusion, it is recommended that skilled adult WC tennis players perform off-court aerobic conditioning as part of their training program, because the intensity of a competitive WC tennis match is sufficiently high enough to stress the cardiovascular system.
  • Keywords

  • Adult, Amputation, Disabled Persons, Energy Metabolism, Ergometry, Heart Rate, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Oxygen Consumption, Physical Endurance, Spinal Cord Injuries, Spirometry, Telemetry, Tennis, Wheelchairs
  • Author List

  • Roy JLP; Menear KS; Schmid MMA; Hunter GR; Malone LA
  • Start Page

  • 665
  • End Page

  • 671
  • Volume

  • 20
  • Issue

  • 3