Development of an incremental step test that accounts for lower limb length for people undergoing rehabilitation

Gosling, Cameron McRae (1996) Development of an incremental step test that accounts for lower limb length for people undergoing rehabilitation. Research Master thesis, Victoria University of Technology.


This study developed a multi-stage step test for the prediction of VO2peak in people with low tolerance to exercise. The aim was to develop a simple and safe protocol, that accounted for differences in statute height and is suitable for use in exercise rehabilitation. The step height (Hstep) was determined as 0.125 x the subject's height (Hsubject. People undergoing physical and psychological rehabilitation (n=23) were compared to a normal group (n=28), not undergoing rehabilitation. The symptom-limited step test began at a low cadence (14 cycles per minute, c.min-1) and increased by 4 c.min-1 to VO2peak. Peak values for rehabilitation subjects for VO2 and heart rate were 27.8 ± 6.2 and 168 ± 21 b.min-1, respectively. The corresponding peak values for normal subjects were 36.5 ± 6.8 .min-1 and 180 ± 15 b.min-1, respectively. Five variables were entered into multiple quadratic regressions, to generate algorithms for the prediction of submaximal and peak VO2: age, sex, weight, time and heart rate. Three algorithms were produced "All", "Normal" and "Rehabilitation". They explained 90%, 91% and 94% of the variation in results (r2 =0.90, 0.91, 0.94), with standard errors of 2.86, 2.72 and 2.04, respectively. It is envisaged that the test will be used to predict functional capacity in people undergoing exercise rehabilitation.

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Master of Applied Science (research)

Item type Thesis (Research Master thesis)
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Historical > FOR Classification > 1116 Medical Physiology
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Sport and Exercise Science
Keywords exercise, testing, physical fitness, rehabilitation, elderly, recovery protocols, medical conditions
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