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BioMed Research International
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 245378, 7 pages
Research Article

Effects of Modified Multistage Field Test on Performance and Physiological Responses in Wheelchair Basketball Players

1Laboratoire de Recherche Adaptations Physiologiques à l’Exercice et Réadaptation à l’Effort, EA 3300, UFR-STAPS, Université de Picardie Jules Verne, 80000 Amiens, France
2Laboratoire Motricité Humaine Education Sport Santé, EA 6312, UFR-STAPS, Université de Toulon, 83130 La Garde, France
3LAMHESS, EA 6312, Université Nice Sophia Antipolis, 06205 Nice, France
4Laboratoire Handicap, Activité, Vieillissement, Autonomie, Environnement, EA 6310, Département STAPS, Université de Limoges, 87060 Limoges, France
5Equipe Activité Physique, Muscle, Santé, EA 4488, UDSL2, Université Lille Nord de France, 59000 Lille, France

Received 7 October 2014; Revised 30 January 2015; Accepted 5 February 2015

Academic Editor: Leonardo F. Ferreira

Copyright © 2015 Thierry Weissland et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A bioenergetical analysis of manoeuvrability and agility performance for wheelchair players is inexistent. It was aimed at comparing the physiological responses and performance obtained from the octagon multistage field test (MFT) and the modified condition in “8 form” (MFT-8). Sixteen trained wheelchair basketball players performed both tests in randomized condition. The levels performed (end-test score), peak values of oxygen uptake , minute ventilation , heart rate , peak and relative blood lactate (Δ[Lact] = peak – rest values), and the perceived rating exertion (RPE) were measured. MFT-8 induced higher and values compared to MFT (: 2.5 ± 0.6 versus 2.3 ± 0.6 L·min−1 and : 96.3 ± 29.1 versus 86.6 ± 23.4 L·min−1; ) with no difference in other parameters. Significant relations between and end-test score were correlated for both field tests . At exhaustion, MFT attained incompletely and . Among experienced wheelchair players, MFT-8 had no effect on test performance but generates higher physiological responses than MFT. It could be explained by demands of wheelchair skills occurring in 8 form during the modified condition.