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Maximal fitness testing in sedentary elderly at substantial risk of disability: LIFE-P study experience


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Church, T. S., Gill, T. M., Newman, A. B., Blair, S. N., Earnest, C. P. and Pahor, M., 2008. Maximal fitness testing in sedentary elderly at substantial risk of disability: LIFE-P study experience. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 16 (4), pp. 408-415.

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: The authors sought to evaluate the acceptability and feasibility of maximal fitness testing in sedentary older individuals at risk for mobility disability. METHODS: Maximal cycle-ergometer testing was performed at baseline and 6 and 12 months later in a subset of LIFE-P study participants at the Cooper Institute site. The mean age of the 20 participants (80% female) tested was 74.7 +/- 3.4 years. The following criteria were used to determine whether participants achieved maximal effort: respiratory-exchange ratio (RER) > 1.1, heart rate within 10 beats/min of the maximal level predicted by age, and rating of perceived exertion (RPE) > 17. RESULTS: Participants' mean peak VO2 was 12.1 (3.7) mL . kg-1 . min-1. At baseline testing, only 20% of participants attained an RER > 1.10, only 35% achieved a peak heart rate within 10 beats of their age-predicted maximum, and 18% had an RPE of > 17. Subsequent testing at 6 and 12 months produced similar results. CONCLUSIONS: In this pilot study of sedentary older persons at risk for mobility disability, very few participants were able to achieve maximal effort during graded cycle-ergometer testing.

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Item Type Articles
CreatorsChurch, T. S., Gill, T. M., Newman, A. B., Blair, S. N., Earnest, C. P. and Pahor, M.
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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19033602/Free Full-text
DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Health
RefereedYes
StatusPublished
ID Code29960

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