Title

Reliability of a Peak Performance Treadmill Test for Children and Adolescents with and without Mental Retardation

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2000

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to compare test-retest reliability when measuring peak physiological capacities of children and adolescents (age = 13.6 ± 2.9 yr) with mental retardation (MR) and their peers (12.0 ± 2.9 yr) without mental retardation (NMR) using a discontinuous treadmill (TM) protocol. Forty-six participants (23 MR = 12 male and 11 female; 23 NMR = 12 male and 11 female) completed two peak performance treadmill tests with 3 to 7 days of rest between tests. Physiological values measured included V̇O(2peak) (l · min-1 and ml · kg-1 · min-1), V̇(peak) (l · min-1), HR(peak) (bpm), and RER (VO2 · V̇O2-1). Test-retest reliability coefficients ranged from .85 to .99 for participants with MR and from .55 to .99 for participants without MR. Test reliability and accuracy in the present study does not appear to differ between the NMR and MR participants.

Journal Title

Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly

Volume

17

Issue

3

First Page

322

Last Page

332

DOI

10.1123/apaq.17.3.322

First Department

School of Rehabilitation Sciences

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