CPX Testing Improves Athletic Endurance Ask Stephen Curry

When we think of Stephen Curry reigning NBA MVP we think
of him as a high achieving player with all the glitz and
glamour the NBA can offer. Following is an article about
cardio pulmonary exercise testing from the folks at
Carolinas Medical Center-University. In 2008 Stephen
Curry, a shooting guard for the Davidson College Wildcats
participated in this article demonstrating cardiopulmonary
exercise testing.

Cardiopulmonary testing can improve athletic endurance

Along with thousands of other fans in our area,
Michael Zgoda, MD, and his son watched the
NCAA men’s basketball tournament with special

Hooked up: Stephen Curry, a shooting guard for the Davidson Wildcats, during his VMax by Carefusion cardiopulmonary exercise test.
Hooked up: Stephen Curry, a shooting guard for the Davidson
Wildcats, during his cardiopulmonary exercise test.

interest earlier this year. They were especially captivated
by North Carolina’s Davidson College, whose team
rocketed to sports prominence during the tournament.
It was the stuff athletic dreams are made of.
High-tech athletic testing

 

Dr. Zgoda, a pulmonologist at Carolinas Medical
Center-University, waited a few weeks after the playoffs
before placing the call to Ray Beltz, Davidson’s
head athletic trainer. Dr. Zgoda wanted to help one
of the best basketball teams in the nation prepare to be
even better for next year’s season.

“Every serious athlete is interested in improving his
or her performance and increasing endurance,” says
Dr. Zgoda. “We now have a very effective test that
determines at which point an athlete switches from
aerobic [efficient metabolism] to anaerobic [inefficient
or harmful metabolism] performance.” That switching
point is known as an athlete’s anaerobic threshold, or
peak performance.

watching the signs VMax by Carefusion: Dr. Zgoda and his staff carefully monitor Curry’s progress.
watching the signs: Dr. Zgoda and his staff carefully monitor Curry’s progress.

Cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) monitors
and measures an athlete’s oxygen consumption and carbon
dioxide production during a significant, physical
workout. As exercise levels increase beyond the body’s
ability to deliver oxygen, the activity must stop or the
body will begin to use other forms of energy.
Combining CPET results with an ongoing training
regimen can help raise an athlete’s anaerobic threshold.
So, in the case of a basketball player, when extra speed,
strength or agility is needed late in the game—when
that sudden burst of energy is called for— it’s there.
Looking toward a new season

Earlier this year, Davidson’s basketball all-star Stephen
Curry was connected to multiple electrical monitors that
tracked his progress toward peak performance. The actual
physical testing lasted less than 10 minutes.
“I think we’re going to have the same depth of
player talent on our team next year, so conditioning
will be an important issue for us,” says Curry. “Our
pace of play at Davidson is up and down, so if we can
improve our stamina and not surrender to fatigue, as
our coaches say, I think that will help. There’s always
room for improvement, so I hope [CPET] will show
me how I can improve for next year’s season.” Dr. Zgoda
also administered the test to other Davidson team
members.

With a limited number of graduating seniors on the
current squad, there’s a chance that the 2008-2009
Davidson College basketball team could repeat as contenders
in the NCAA tournament finals. It’s almost a
sure bet that late in the second half of those nationally
broadcast events, when the energy of other players traditionally
begins to diminish, Dr. Zgoda and his son
will be watching the Davidson squad with both personal
and medical interest. “Anybody who takes their athletic
performance seriously and who wants to perform at
their highest level of energy should consider exploring
CPET to keep them from doing more harm than
good,” says Dr. Zgoda. “It’s a great way, when combined
with planning and training, to help a talented
team perform even better.”

Previously published Fall 2008 carolinas Health | www.carolinasmedicalcenter.org

Randy Clare

Randy Clare

Randy Clare brings to The Sleep and Respiratory Scholar more than 25 years of extensive knowledge and experience in the sleep and pulmonary function field. He has held numerous management positions throughout his career and has demonstrated a unique view of the alternate care diagnostic and therapy model. He is considered by many an expert in the use of oral appliances like Silent Nite, EMA and TAP to treat snoring and in the dental office. Mr. Clare's extensive sleep industry experience assists Sleepandrespiratoryscholar in providing current, relevant, data-proven information on sleep diagnostics and sleep therapies that are effective for the treatment of sleep disorders. Mr Clare is director of business development for Glidewell a dental solutions company his focus is on dental treatment for sleep disordered breathing.

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