Type of Article:  Original Research

Volume 7; Issue 4 (August 2019)

Page No.: 3122-3128

DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.16965/ijpr.2019.139


Nehal Bhosale 1, Vishnu Vardhan *2.

1 B.P.T Intern , Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam College of Physiotherapy, Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences(Deemed University), Loni, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India.

2 Associate Professor, Department of Cardio-Respiratory Physiotherapy, Dr. A. P. J. AbdulKalam College of Physiotherapy, Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences (Deemed University), Loni, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India.

Address for correspondence: Nehal Bhosale, B.P.T Intern, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam College of Physiotherapy, Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences (Deemed University), Loni, Ahmednagar,Maharashtra, India.  E-Mail: vishnudiwakarpt@gmail.com


Background: Cardiopulmonary exercise testing is the criterion standard for assessing exercise capacity. It provides complete assessment of the respiratory, cardiac and metabolic system. As a cost effective way of assessing the physical function of an individual, Incremental shuttle walk test and Six minute walk test are most frequently applied in diagnostic as well as therapeutic purpose. It is especially important to understand how children and adolescents respond to exercise because fitness plays important role in management of obesity to develop lifelong healthy habits. With increased in number of children with obesity due to changes in lifestyle, physiological aspects such as growth and development is also getting affected. Hence assessing fitness in children as current need of society, reference values estimation implies significant role in betterment of younger population.

Objective: The purpose of this study is to find out the reference values for incremental shuttle walk test in age group 8 – 16 years and to correlate age, height, and weight and body mass index with incremental shuttle walk test.

Methodology: 180 subjects were selected from the age group of 8 -16 years. The subjects in this study were recruited from local and primary school. Before starting the test, weight and height was measured by calibrated weighing scale and stadiometer by standard anthropometric methods. The three trials were given to subjects and mean of measures was taken for further analysis of data.

Results: Data was checked for normality by using Shapiro-wilk test. Linear regression analysis using age, height, weight, and gender were applied with ISWT as a dependent variable. There was significant correlation with age (boys r= 0.8354, p< 0.0001 & girls r=0.808, p< 0.0001), Height (boys r=0.8475 & p<0.0001, girls r=0.8746 & p< 0.0001), and there was no significant correlation with BMI (boys r= -0.312 & p=0.148, girls r= -0.069 & p=0.956).

Conclusion: The reference values were generated for age group 8 to 16 years. It can be used as a reference to evaluate exercise capacity for children and adolescents in Indian rural population

Key words: Incremental Shuttle Walk Test, rural population, young adults, reference values.


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Cite this article: Nehal Bhosale, Vishnu Vardhan. NORMATIVE VALUES FOR INCREMENTAL SHUTTLE WALK TEST IN RURAL CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADOLESCENTS: AN OBSERVATIONAL STUDY. Int J Physiother Res 2019;7(4):3122-3128. DOI: 10.16965/ijpr.2019.139