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Validity of a total body recumbent stepper exercise test to assess cardiorespiratory fitness.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18714232     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Maximum oxygen consumption ([latin capital V with dot above]o2max) is the primary measure for cardiorespiratory fitness, and the [latin capital V with dot above]o2max value achieved on the treadmill using the Bruce protocol is considered the gold standard. A novel exercise test using a total body recumbent stepper (TBRS) would be an alternative for measuring [latin capital V with dot above]o2max in healthy individuals. Furthermore, the TBRS exercise test (TBRS-XT) may be beneficial for individuals such as those with stroke, who cannot tolerate a treadmill or cycle ergometer test due to hemiparesis, increased tone in the extremities, or balance deficits. The purpose of the study was to assess the validity and reliability of the TBRS-XT in determining [latin capital V with dot above]o2max in healthy adults. Twenty-two healthy adults (9 women, 13 men; 26.9 +/- 6.1 years of age) participated in 2 maximum exercise tests in random order. One exercise test was performed on the treadmill using the Bruce protocol and the other exercise test was the TBRS-XT. Statistical analysis of the data was conducted using simple linear regression where the response variable was the [latin capital V with dot above]o2max from the Bruce protocol and the predictor variable was the [latin capital V with dot above]o2max from the TBRS-XT. A 95% prediction interval was used to assess the strength of the prediction of [latin capital V with dot above]o2 from the Bruce protocol with R2 = 0.851. Preliminary data suggest that the TBRS-XT may be a valid test to predict [latin capital V with dot above]o2max when treadmill testing is not feasible. This would allow clinicians an alternative method for exercise testing and prescription to promote healthy lifestyle interventions for a variety of patient populations.
Sandra A Billinger; Janice K Loudon; Byron J Gajewski
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Validation Studies    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of strength and conditioning research / National Strength & Conditioning Association     Volume:  22     ISSN:  1533-4287     ISO Abbreviation:  J Strength Cond Res     Publication Date:  2008 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-09-01     Completed Date:  2009-02-10     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9415084     Medline TA:  J Strength Cond Res     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1556-62     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, School of Allied Health, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Exercise Test / instrumentation*
Exercise Tolerance / physiology
Heart Rate / physiology*
Linear Models
Oxygen Consumption / physiology*
Physical Fitness / physiology*
Reproducibility of Results

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