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Exercise capacity in Dutch children: new reference values for the Bruce treadmill protocol.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19422656     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The Bruce treadmill protocol is suitable for children 4 years of age and older. Dutch reference values were established in 1987. We considered that children's exercise capacity has deteriorated due to changes in physical activity patterns and eating habits. We determined new reference values and evaluated determinants of exercise capacity. Healthy Dutch children (n=267) aged 6-13 years participated in this cross-sectional observational study. The maximal endurance time on the treadmill was the criterion of exercise capacity. Furthermore, we obtained data on anthropometry, smoking habits, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, sports participation, and school transport habits. The maximal endurance time for children aged up till 10 was lower (up to 1.6 and 1.4 min in girls and boys, respectively) than previously published. Body mass index was negatively, and intense sports participation was positively associated with endurance time (beta=-0.412 and 0.789, respectively; P<0.001). In conclusion, exercise capacity seems to have deteriorated in Dutch children aged up till 10 years whereas the values from the older children are remarkably similar to those from the previous study.
M H M van der Cammen-van Zijp; R J G van den Berg-Emons; S P Willemsen; H J Stam; D Tibboel; H IJsselstijn
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2009-04-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  Scandinavian journal of medicine & science in sports     Volume:  20     ISSN:  1600-0838     ISO Abbreviation:  Scand J Med Sci Sports     Publication Date:  2010 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-05-21     Completed Date:  2010-09-15     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9111504     Medline TA:  Scand J Med Sci Sports     Country:  Denmark    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  e130-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Physical Therapy, Subdivision Pediatric Physical Therapy, Erasmus MC-Sophia's Children's Hospital, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Child, Preschool
Cross-Sectional Studies
Exercise Test / standards*
Exercise Tolerance*
Physical Endurance
Reference Values
Regression Analysis

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