The IPN Test (named after the Institute for Prevention and Aftercare in Cologne) has been used since 1994. It is an alternative to the PWC test. Its advantages are > – according to the institute – the renunciation of a load and a differentiated allocation (via comparison tables with age, resting pulse and training state) of a loading scheme suitable for the review person.
Procedure of an IPN Test
The procedure is similar to that of a PWC test or lactate level test. A gradual increase in load is performed according to a previously selected scheme on a bicycle ergometer, treadmill, etc.
The IPN review is enjoying increasing popularity as it is said to be more accurate than a PWC review. Read the 16-page documentation in PDF format at www.cardiotest.net. On closer inspection, this page is a shop page for the sale of IPN software.
An independent, 39-page diploma thesis by Jeannine Engel and Bernhard Senn of the Feusi Physiotherapieschule Bern from 2003 deals much more critically with the IPN review.
Quotation from the thesis:
No exact specifications can be made for preventive cardiovascular training, as promised by the IPN review®.Jeannine Engel and Bernhard Senn
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