The Influence of Aerobic Capacity on Anaerobic Performance and Recovery Indices in Basketball Players

Jay R. Hoffman, Shmuel Epstein, Merav Einbinder, Yitzhak Weinstein

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This study examined the effect of aerobic capacity on performance, fatigue, and heart rate recovery following high-intensity anaerobic exercise in national-level basketball players. Twenty subjects (19.0 ± 1.7 years, 88.4 ± 8.0 kg, 194.2 ± 6.0 cm, 50.2 ± 3.8 ml·kg·min-1) participated in this investigation. Each subject performed a treadmill test to determine maximal oxygen consumption (Vo2max), a Wingate Anaerobic Power Test (WAnT), and a field test of anaerobic power common to basketball players (line drill). The line drill is a continuous 143-m sprint with several changes of direction. The line drill was performed 3 times (T1, T2, and T3) with a 2-minute passive rest between each sprint. A moderate correlation was seen between Vo2max and mean power of the WAnT (r = 0.57). However, no significant relationship was observed between Vo2max and the fatigue index in either the WAnT (r = -0.23) or line drill (r = 0.01). Little to no correlation was observed between Vo2max and heart rate recovery in the WAnT (r = -0.22) and line drill (r = -0.04, r = -0.19, and r = -0.30 in T1, T2, and T3, respectively). These results showed little to no relationship between aerobic capacity and recovery indices from high-intensity exercise in basketball players.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)407-411
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Strength and Conditioning Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Anaerobic power
  • Conditioning
  • Elite athletes
  • Fatigue
  • Field test
  • Wingate Test


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