VO₂FITTING: A Free and Open-Source Software for Modelling Oxygen Uptake Kinetics in Swimming and other Exercise Modalities

Rodrigo Zacca, Rui Azevedo, Pedro Figueiredo, João Paulo Vilas-Boas, Flávio A de S Castro, David B Pyne, Ricardo J Fernandes

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    Abstract

    The assessment of oxygen uptake (VO₂) kinetics is a valuable non-invasive way to evaluate cardiorespiratory and metabolic response to exercise. The aim of the study was to develop, describe and evaluate an online VO₂ fitting tool (VO₂FITTING) for dynamically editing, processing, filtering and modelling VO₂ responses to exercise. VO₂FITTING was developed in Shiny, a web application framework for R language. Validation VO₂ datasets with both noisy and non-noisy data were developed and applied to widely-used models (n = 7) for describing different intensity transitions to verify concurrent validity. Subsequently, we then conducted an experiment with age-group swimmers as an example, illustrating how VO₂FITTING can be used to model VO₂ kinetics. Perfect fits were observed, and parameter estimates perfectly matched the known inputted values for all available models (standard error = 0; p < 0.001). The VO₂FITTING is a valid, free and open-source software for characterizing VO₂ kinetics in exercise, which was developed to help the research and performance analysis communities.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number31
    Pages (from-to)1-15
    Number of pages15
    JournalSports
    Volume7
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2019

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