Validity of COSMED’s Quark CPET Mixing Chamber System in Evaluating Energy Metabolism During Aerobic Exercise in Healthy Male Adults. Research in Sports Medicine. April 2013. Nieman DC, Austin MD, Dew D, Utter AC.
Department of Health, Leisure, and Exercise Science, Human Performance Lab, Appalachian State University.
This study validated the accuracy of COSMED’s Quark cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) metabolic mixing chamber system in measuring metabolic factors during maximal, graded exercise testing. Subjects included 32 physically active men between the ages of 18 and 34 years. During the first test session, subjects were measured for maximal oxygen consumption twice (15 min separation) with the CPET and Douglas bag systems (random order). During the second test session, subjects exercised through four stages of the Bruce treadmill protocol with measurement by the CPET and Douglas bag systems (random order) during steady state at the end of each 3-minute stage. Statistical analysis using a 2 (systems) x 5 (time) repeated measures ANOVA showed that the pattern of change in VO2, VCO2, VE, FeO2, FeCO2, and RER did not differ significantly between CPET and Douglas bag systems. This validation study indicates that the CPET mixing chamber system provides valid metabolic measurements that compare closely with the Douglas bag system during aerobic exercise.