The purpose of this study was to evaluate and compare the VO2 max values of college soccer players at the University of New Mexico to data available from other collegiate teams. These values are beneficial for athletes, trainers, and coaches alike. Performance in athletics has improved significantly over the past 20 years as demonstrated by faster times and increased fitness levels. This is due to multiple factors including changes in nutrition, coaching, and equipment. Methods used in this study include a review of the literature specific for collegiate soccer athletes that were published after the year 2000. In addition, data from athletes from mens and women's soccer teams at the University of New Mexico are included in our results. VO2 max values were obtained using a maximal exercise test performed on a treadmill. The compilation of a table from the gathered data on VO2max values of collegiate soccer players specific for gender and level of competition will be of significant value for training personnel and athletes involved in soccer and collegiate athletics. We have provided the first normative VO2 max values compiled from an extensive literature search as well as providing data we obtained from athletes at the University of New Mexico.'
Legler, Allison; Whitney Barrett; Christine Mermier; and Ann Gateley. "VO2 Maximum of College Athletes." (2008). http://digitalrepository.unm.edu/ume-research-papers/14