In this article we are going to talk about the time limit at MAS. This exercise correlates with the MAS tests. The best-known tests include the Vameval test and the 45-15 test. All physical trainers (or sports coaches) need to know the MAS of their athletes in order to be able to tailor their training. His main aim is to help him progress and avoid injury.You need to take into account the characteristics of the audience (age, level, gender, ability to excel…).
- An athletics track (minimum 200 metres)
- A soundtrack (sportbeeper pro)
Conduct of the training
Choose the speed at which you want your athlete to run. Place the markers 20, 25, 50 or 100 metres apart, depending on the distance to the cones you have chosen. When the athlete is no longer synchronised with the cones, the exercise is over. This test can therefore be used to check the MAS test. A twenty-minute warm-up is strongly recommended. It is also advisable to carry out this test one or two weeks after the MAS test. The aim is to run at your Maximal Aerobic Speed for as long as possible. This test shows how long an athlete can maintain 100% of their VMA.
Véronique Billat, a former student of physiologist Georges Gacon, has carried out studies with his team on maximum MAS time. These have shown that 100% of the MAS is achieved in between 4 and 11 minutes.
In addition, Georges Gacon used the time limit at MAS for the return of players with hamstring injuries to determine whether they were ready to resume training. If the player feels tired, this means that he is not sufficiently ready to resume.
With this exercise, it is also possible to train the athlete at a certain percentage of the MAS. For example, a player with a MAS of 20. If we want it to work at 90% of this, that means we want it to work at a speed of 18 km/h.
The sportbeeper is the ideal tool for carrying out this test.