Gastrocnemius flexibility and its influence on VO2Max

Marlow LaTreal Frazier, Tennessee State University


This research study investigates the role of gastrocnemius flexibility on predicted VO2Max, determined by the Cooper Test. VO2Max is considered the golden standard measurement of cardiorespiratory endurance and aerobic fitness. The lack of gastrocnemius flexibility can develop muscle imbalances. Muscular imbalances lead to inefficient movement, and inefficient movement can lead to increased energy loss. Therefore, the research examines if flexibility plays a role in VO2Max capacity. The researcher uses n=15 student volunteers from Tennessee State University. Gastrocnemius flexibility was measured followed by the completion of the Cooper Test to find VO2Max (in ml/min/kg). Statistical significance was set at p ≤ 0.05. Results show p = 0.190 which illustrates no significant link between gastrocnemius flexibility and VO2Max using the Cooper Test.

Subject Area

Health sciences|Kinesiology|Health education

Recommended Citation

Marlow LaTreal Frazier, "Gastrocnemius flexibility and its influence on VO2Max" (2012). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI1529289.