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Validity and Reliability of the Wattbike cycle ergometer

Hopker, James G., Jobson, Simon A., Myres, S., Passfield, Louis, Bruce, W. (2010) Validity and Reliability of the Wattbike cycle ergometer. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 31 (10). pp. 731-736. ISSN 0172-4622. (doi:10.1055/s-0030-1261968) (KAR id:26276)

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The purpose of this study was to assess the validity and reliability of the Wattbike cycle ergometer against the SRM Powermeter using a dynamic calibration rig (CALRIG) and trained and untrained human participants. Using the CALRIG power outputs of 50–1 250 W were assessed at cadences of 70 and 90rev.min?1. Validity and reliability data were also obtained from 3 repeated trials in both trained and untrained populations. 4 work rates were used during each trial ranging from 50–300 W. CALRIG data demonstrated significant differences (P < 0.05) between SRM and Wattbike across the work rates at both cadences. Significant differences existed in recorded power outputs from the SRM and Wattbike during steady state trials (power outputs 50–300W) in both human populations (156 ± 72 W vs. 153 ± 64 W for SRM and Wattbike respectively; P < 0.05). The reliability (CV) of the Wattbike in the untrained population was 6.7 % (95 %CI 4.8–13.2 %) compared to 2.2 % with the SRM (95 %CI 1.5–4.1 %). In the trained population the Wattbike CV was 2.6 % (95 %CI 1.8–5.1 %) compared to 1.1 % with the SRM (95 %CI 0.7–2.0 %). These results suggest that when compared to the SRM, the Wattbike has acceptable accuracy. Reliability data suggest coaches and cyclists may need to use some caution when using the Wattbike at low power outputs in a test-retest setting.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1055/s-0030-1261968
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports medicine
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Natural Sciences > Sport and Exercise Sciences
Depositing User: James Hopker
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2011 09:48 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:04 UTC
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