Maximal accumulated oxygen deficit as a predictor of anaerobic capacity

Fabio Yuzo Nakamura, Emerson Franchini


The maximal accumulated oxygen deficit (MAOD) has been considered as one of the most adequate measures of anaerobic capacity. It is based on the numerical difference between the total energy demand of a severe exercise bout and the energy portion associated to the total oxygen consumption. However, the debate around the measurement procedures and the validity of the assumptions persist. The present review was done to describe and discuss these measurement procedures, as well as the validity evidences of MAOD. Finally, critical questions about the methodology of measurement of this physiological variable are discussed.


Déficit de oxigênio; Capacidade anaeróbia; Cinética de oxigênio; Oxygen deficit; Anaerobic capacity; Oxygen kinetics


The abbreviated title of the journal is Rev. Bras. Cineantropom. Desempenho Hum, which should be used in bibliographies, footnotes and bibliographical references. E-ISSN 1980-0037, impressa ISSN 1415-8426, Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.