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Comparative analysis of oxygen uptake in elderly subjects performing two walk tests: the six-minute walk test and the 200-m fast walk test.
Clin Rehabil. 2008 Feb; 22(2):162-8.CR

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

A novel walk test is proposed to assess the ability of elderly subjects to sustain a submaximal effort in ecological surroundings. Vo(2) uptake during this test was compared with that of a six-minute walk test and maximal exercise test.

DESIGN

Descriptive laboratory study.

SETTING

Rehabilitation department, Dijon University Hospital.

SUBJECTS

Thirty-one subjects, aged from 70 to 85 years, free from any chronic disease.

INTERVENTION

Three tests to assess physical capacities: the 200-m fast walk test (200 mFWT), the six-minute walk test (6 MWT) at self-paced speed, and one maximal cardiorespiratory exercise test on an ergocycle.

MAIN MEASURES

Distance walked on the 6 MWT, time to perform the 200 mFWT. Heart rate (HR) and oxygen uptake (Vo(2)) were measured for each test.

RESULTS

All subjects successfully completed the two walk tests without any complaints. They walked more quickly during the 200 mFWT than during the 6 MWT (mean (SD) speed respectively 1.60 (0.17) versus 1.23 (0.16) m/s, P<0.001). Compared with the maximal exercise test, the relative intensity was much higher during the 200 mFWT than during the 6 MWT (mean (SD) Vo(2) uptake 86.8 (8.9)% versus 67.4 (10.7)% of peak Vo(2), mean (SD) HR 89.9 (9.4) versus 76.2 (0.8)% of peak HR; P<0.001).

CONCLUSION

In healthy elderly subjects, the 200 mFWT requires a more sustained effort than the 6 MWT. This test is simple, ecological and well tolerated. In addition to the 6 MWT, the 200 mFWT could be a useful tool to build up and evaluate training or rehabilitation programmes, especially when interval training is planned.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Rehabilitation Department, University Hospital Dijon and INSERN-U887, Dijon Cedex, France. vincent.gremeaux.@chu_dijon.frNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Evaluation Study
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18212036

Citation

Gremeaux, Vincent, et al. "Comparative Analysis of Oxygen Uptake in Elderly Subjects Performing Two Walk Tests: the Six-minute Walk Test and the 200-m Fast Walk Test." Clinical Rehabilitation, vol. 22, no. 2, 2008, pp. 162-8.
Gremeaux V, Iskandar M, Kervio G, et al. Comparative analysis of oxygen uptake in elderly subjects performing two walk tests: the six-minute walk test and the 200-m fast walk test. Clin Rehabil. 2008;22(2):162-8.
Gremeaux, V., Iskandar, M., Kervio, G., Deley, G., Pérénnou, D., & Casillas, J. M. (2008). Comparative analysis of oxygen uptake in elderly subjects performing two walk tests: the six-minute walk test and the 200-m fast walk test. Clinical Rehabilitation, 22(2), 162-8. https://doi.org/10.1177/0269215507080125
Gremeaux V, et al. Comparative Analysis of Oxygen Uptake in Elderly Subjects Performing Two Walk Tests: the Six-minute Walk Test and the 200-m Fast Walk Test. Clin Rehabil. 2008;22(2):162-8. PubMed PMID: 18212036.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Comparative analysis of oxygen uptake in elderly subjects performing two walk tests: the six-minute walk test and the 200-m fast walk test. AU - Gremeaux,Vincent, AU - Iskandar,Marwan, AU - Kervio,Gaëlle, AU - Deley,Gaëlle, AU - Pérénnou,Dominic, AU - Casillas,Jean-Marie, PY - 2008/1/24/pubmed PY - 2008/6/5/medline PY - 2008/1/24/entrez SP - 162 EP - 8 JF - Clinical rehabilitation JO - Clin Rehabil VL - 22 IS - 2 N2 - OBJECTIVE: A novel walk test is proposed to assess the ability of elderly subjects to sustain a submaximal effort in ecological surroundings. Vo(2) uptake during this test was compared with that of a six-minute walk test and maximal exercise test. DESIGN: Descriptive laboratory study. SETTING: Rehabilitation department, Dijon University Hospital. SUBJECTS: Thirty-one subjects, aged from 70 to 85 years, free from any chronic disease. INTERVENTION: Three tests to assess physical capacities: the 200-m fast walk test (200 mFWT), the six-minute walk test (6 MWT) at self-paced speed, and one maximal cardiorespiratory exercise test on an ergocycle. MAIN MEASURES: Distance walked on the 6 MWT, time to perform the 200 mFWT. Heart rate (HR) and oxygen uptake (Vo(2)) were measured for each test. RESULTS: All subjects successfully completed the two walk tests without any complaints. They walked more quickly during the 200 mFWT than during the 6 MWT (mean (SD) speed respectively 1.60 (0.17) versus 1.23 (0.16) m/s, P<0.001). Compared with the maximal exercise test, the relative intensity was much higher during the 200 mFWT than during the 6 MWT (mean (SD) Vo(2) uptake 86.8 (8.9)% versus 67.4 (10.7)% of peak Vo(2), mean (SD) HR 89.9 (9.4) versus 76.2 (0.8)% of peak HR; P<0.001). CONCLUSION: In healthy elderly subjects, the 200 mFWT requires a more sustained effort than the 6 MWT. This test is simple, ecological and well tolerated. In addition to the 6 MWT, the 200 mFWT could be a useful tool to build up and evaluate training or rehabilitation programmes, especially when interval training is planned. SN - 0269-2155 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18212036/Comparative_analysis_of_oxygen_uptake_in_elderly_subjects_performing_two_walk_tests:_the_six_minute_walk_test_and_the_200_m_fast_walk_test_ L2 - http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0269215507080125?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&amp;rfr_id=ori:rid:crossref.org&amp;rfr_dat=cr_pub=pubmed DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -