Energy cost of wheelchair basketball
Burke, E.J.; Auchinachie, J.A.; Hayden, R.; Loftin, J.M.
Physician and Sportsmedicine 13(3): 99-105
The energy cost of wheelchair basketball in 4 wheelchair athletes was determined during a 30-min full-court practice session. During arm cranking these men had an average maximum heart rate (HR max) of 181.5 beats .cntdot. min-1 and .ovrhdot.VO2max of 29.5 ml .cntdot. kg-1 .cntdot. min-1. During basketball their average heart rate was 141.5, and their average .ovrhdot.VO2max was 22.6 ml .cntdot. kg-1 .cntdot. min-1. The average intensity was equivalent to 78% of .cntdot. HR max and 77% of .ovrhdot.VO2max. Average energy expenditure was 8.6 kcal .cntdot. min-1. The intensity of wheelchair basketball apparently meets the guidelines for intensity in the American College of Sports Medicine position statement on enhancement and maintenance of cardiovascular function in able-bodied people.