Graduation Date

Spring 2019

Document Type



Master of Science degree with a major in Kinesiology, option Exercise Science

Committee Chair Name

Taylor Bloedon

Committee Chair Affiliation

Community Member or Outside Professional

Second Committee Member Name

Boe Burrus

Second Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Third Committee Member Name

Whitney Ogle

Third Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Fourth Committee Member Name

Justus Ortega

Fourth Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

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Maximal exercise testing is commonly employed by exercise scientists in order to assess an athlete's’ capabilities and inform future training goals and tactics. The Critical Power (CP) concept provides a novel perspective on the physiological capacity of an individual to perform work. The 3 Minute All-Out Test (3MT) for critical power was developed by Vanhatalo, Doust, & Burnley in 2006. Concerns about pacing during the test lead to the development of protocol which blinds participants to time during the test. Twelve healthy active males were recruited to participate in the current study on the effects of a race timer on the 3MT. Participants completed one V̇O2peak test and one 3MT familiarization trial before completing one standard 3MT and one 3MT with the presence of a countdown race timer. The presence of a race timer produced significant differences in CP & WEP, but not in PPO or total work between trials. These differences may be explained by the effect of knowledge of time on information processing and decision making during the 3MT. Future research should focus on the effects of a race timer on the 3MT in trained cyclists, and may be adapted to other modes of exercise.

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