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Functional threshold power and the (manufactured) critical power controversy

Wong, Stephen, Burnley, Mark, Mauger, Alexis R., Sun, Fenghua, Hopker, James G. (2023) Functional threshold power and the (manufactured) critical power controversy. Journal of Sports Sciences, . pp. 1-2. ISSN 0264-0414. E-ISSN 1466-447X. (doi:10.1080/02640414.2023.2288757) (KAR id:104149)


We read with concern yet another communication from Dotan regarding the critical power (CP) concept which contains a litany of factual errors, false statements, and dated physiological interpretations. Space does not permit us to rebut every incorrect point made about our work (Wong et al., 2022) and the wider field in which it sits, but we will address what we consider to be some of the more egregious errors in his letter. We would first note, however, that our paper was not actually focused on the critical power concept.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/02640414.2023.2288757
Uncontrolled keywords: VO2 kinetics; functional threshold power; maximal metabolic steady state; VO2 slow component; VO2 steady state
Subjects: Q Science > QP Physiology (Living systems)
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Natural Sciences > Sport and Exercise Sciences
Funders: University of Kent (
Depositing User: Lex Mauger
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2023 09:22 UTC
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 23:11 UTC
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