Familial patterns of maximal aerobic power

W. K. Guion, R. G. McMurray, B. Ainsworth, J. Harrell

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Inter-class correlations and contingency table analysis were used to evaluate maximal aerobic power (V̇O2max) similarities within 21 biological families. A moderate correlation (r=0.64; P<0.05) existed among father and son pairs. A weaker relationship (r=0.24; P<0.05) was observed between parents and child or children while controlling for body fat. Contingency table revealed a higher than expected proportion of "high" V̇O2max rankings in children (67%; P<0.05). The results suggest that familial aggregation of V̇O2max was only modest and was highest for father- son pairs. The increased similarity between father and son suggest that the influence of the father via non-genetic factors plays a significant role in determining aerobic power in boys in this age group.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-192
Number of pages8
JournalBiology of Sport
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 1997


  • Genetics
  • Maximal aerobic power

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Physiology (medical)


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