UncategorisedOxygen measuring machine available

September 11, 20193

?The National Sports Medicine Centre, which is under the umbrella of the Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC), has recently imported VO2 Max, a revolutionary device in a unique initiative, providing modern solutions for all athletes across the kingdom. 
This first-of-its-kind Italian made machine measures maximum volume of oxygen that an athlete can use. It is measured in millilitres per kilogramme of body weight per minute.
VO2 Max is in line with the strategy of the BOC, aimed to provide quality service through its National Sports Medicine Centre, whose director Dr Khalid Al Shaikh explained the functionality of this state-of-the-art machine.
“As you increase your effort when you exercise, the amount of oxygen you consume to produce energy (and hence the rate at which you exhale carbon dioxide) increases,” he said.
“However, there is a maximum level of oxygen consumption, beyond which increases in exercise intensity don’t lead to further increases in oxygen consumption. This level of oxygen consumption is called the VO2 max”.
Dr Al Shaikh said VO2 Max is a key physiological determinant of an athlete’s running performance, and that it is an important objective of a training programme to improve it.
He believes that VO2 Max, being tested by National Sports Medicine Centre doctor Vladimir Surez of Cuba, is not the critical factor – which determines maximum performance – but is rather a consequence of a combination of other limiting factors.
“Whichever way you look at it there is a measurable level of exercise intensity at which the athlete’s consumption of oxygen reaches a plateau and does not increase further,” said Dr Khalid.


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