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The assessment of repeated sprint ability using a combined sub-maximal and exhaustive treadmill protocol

Common RSA tests have focused primarily on performance assessment, with outcomes usually consisting of indicators of mean speed and/or the speed decrease in a series of brief maximal sprints interspersed by short recovery periods (Wragg et al., 2000; Aziz et al., 2007; Brown et al., 2007; Impellizzeri et al., 2008). In addition to maximum sprinting performance, it seems useful for a more in-depth evaluation of RSA to consider the physiological responses to high-intensity intermittent running. Such information may provide useful information on the important physiological characteristics that may relate to RSA (Rampinini et al., 2009).