Lactate Testing

Lactate Testing

Post by liebowi » Sat, 07 Sep 1996 04:00:00


I have been involved with lactate testing and if the data is interpreted
correctly it can give you much more information about what is happening
in the body than pulse rates or any other monitoring technique. The key is
getting the data analyzed correctly and has not been done to well. Michael
Lohberg of C***Springs FL is very good at analyzing the lactate data and
when he has helped with our testing it has given very valuable
information. I do agree that it is not worth it to test age groupers but I
believe it is very valuable to test high level senior swimmers. Although
it is not done much in the US right now it is still used extensively in
Europe.
Larry Liebowitz

 
 
 

Lactate Testing

Post by BLorenz » Sun, 08 Sep 1996 04:00:00

While there are some possible gains to be made from lactate testing, it is
probably not worth the expense and is certainly not appropriate for a 13
year old.  One of the biggest problems is that most coaches do not really
understand the role of lactate in metabolism.  Lactate is not a waste
product as many seem to think.  It is an important metabolite that is an
energy source for many tissues including the heart, liver, and muscle
fibers.  A *** lactate will be a result of the balance of production and
clearance and a test will tell you nothing about these competing
variables.  A lactate value will be sensitive to a variety of things
including nutritional status and previous activity to name just a couple.
I think very few coaches have enough knowledge of lactate to be able to
use these values in any meaningful tests.

Brent Lorenzen