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Tatiane Piucco


Assistant Professor, Health and Physical Education Department of Mount Royal University, Calgary (Canada)

09/2105 – 08/2016 – Calgary, Canada

Methods to assess endurance and fatigue on slide board skating (Principal Supervisor- Cosupervisor: Dr Juan Murias)


Dr. Tatiane Piucco is a Faculty member at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Canada. Tatiane has a PhD and two years of postdoctoral work in sports and human performance. One of them was performed under the supervision of Prof Guillaume Mille and Dr Juan Murias. Tatiane also teaches biomechanics and performance analysis at the Advanced Coaching Diploma offered by the Canadian Sports Institute.  

In June 2020, Tatiane had published over 20 papers (177 citations, H index: 7). She has supervised several undergraduate students and co-supervised 1 master and 1 PhD student. Her area of research is related to human performance from athletes to older adults. Tatiane has been working to validate a new method of testing for skater athletes, using a slide board. Recently she has lunched a smartphone app to make all tests validated in her projects available to skating coaches and athletes. Also, she is supervising a PhD project that aims to investigate the effect of a slide board training to reduce risk factors related to knee injuries.

Main results of the work we have done together

  • The maximal skating incremental test on a slide board is valid to determine indices related to performance, such as aerobic/anaerobic thresholds, VO2max and local muscle fatigue.
  • Maximal and submaximal aerobic indices during a slide board skating test are correlated with skating performance on ice.
  • VO2 kinetics response of well-trained speed skaters is fast when skating on slide board (∼18 s) and not different than values observed during real skating.
  • The fast VO2 kinetics during skating suggest that chronic adaptation to skating might overcome any possible restriction in leg blood flow during low intensity exercise.
  • The rate of adjustment of pulmonary VO2 and muscle O2 extraction during skating was similar and suggests a good matching of O2 delivery to O2 utilization in trained speed skaters.

Mains publication associated with this work

Tatiane Piucco, Rogério Soares, Fernando Diefenthaeler, Guillaume Y Millet, Juan M Murias. Oxygen uptake and muscle deoxygenation kinetics during skating: comparison between slide board and treadmill skatingInternational Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. 2018 Jul 18.

Tatiane Piucco, Fernando Diefenthaeler, Rogério Soares,  Juan M Murias, Guillaume Y Millet. Validation of a maximal incremental skating test performed on a slide board: comparison with treadmill skatingInternational Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. 2017 Nov 1.