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Adapted Chester Step Test Can Have Maximal Response Characteristics for the Assessment of Exercise Capacity in Young Women

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Center for Rehabilitation Research (CIR), Department of Physiotherapy, Polytechnic Institute of Porto, School of Health, 4200-072 Porto, Portugal
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Healthcare Department, Nippon Gases Portugal, 2600-242 Lisbon, Portugal
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Private Practice, Polytechnic Institute of Porto, School of Health, 4200-072 Porto, Portugal
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Microbiology Research Laboratory on Environmental Health (EnviHealthMicroLab), Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Environmental Health (ISAMB), University of Lisbon, 1649-028 Lisbon, Portugal
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Department of Physiotherapy, Santa Maria Health School, 4049-024 Porto, Portugal
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Healthcare 2021, 9(3), 308; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9030308
Received: 7 February 2021 / Revised: 3 March 2021 / Accepted: 7 March 2021 / Published: 10 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Health Assessments)
Chester step test (CST) estimates the exercise capacity through a submaximal response, which can limit its application in the prescription of exercise. This study aimed to assess whether an adaptation of the CST (with a progressive profile) can have maximal response characteristics in young women and compare it to the incremental shuttle walk test (ISWT). Another aim was to determine its within-day test–retest reliability. A cross-sectional study was conducted with 25 women (20.3 ± 1.5 years) who performed the field tests twice on two different days (48 h apart). The maximal effort attainment was assessed by the heart rate (HR), perception of exertion (Borg scale), and blood lactate concentration. For the performance variables, Pearson’s correlation and intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC2,1) were used. In the best test, mean values of maximal response were observed in the adapted CST (94.0 ± 6.5% of age-predicted HRmax, 11.3 ± 4.5 mmol/dl of blood lactate, and 18.4 ± 1.5 of Borg rating). The correlations between the adapted CST and the ISWT were weak to moderate (0.38 ≤ r ≤ 0.55; p < 0.05). Fair to good reliability was found for the adapted CST (ICC2,1 = 0.48–0.61). The adapted CST showed mean values of maximal response, weak to moderate association with the ISWT, and low within-day test–retest reliability in young women. View Full-Text
Keywords: cardiorespiratory fitness; exercise prescription; maximal effort; physical fitness; step test cardiorespiratory fitness; exercise prescription; maximal effort; physical fitness; step test
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Vilarinho, R.; Mendes, A.R.; Gomes, M.; Ferreira, R.; Costa, F.; Machado, M.; Neves, M.; Caneiras, C.; Montes, A.M. Adapted Chester Step Test Can Have Maximal Response Characteristics for the Assessment of Exercise Capacity in Young Women. Healthcare 2021, 9, 308. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9030308

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Vilarinho R, Mendes AR, Gomes M, Ferreira R, Costa F, Machado M, Neves M, Caneiras C, Montes AM. Adapted Chester Step Test Can Have Maximal Response Characteristics for the Assessment of Exercise Capacity in Young Women. Healthcare. 2021; 9(3):308. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9030308

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Vilarinho, Rui; Mendes, Ana R.; Gomes, Mariana; Ferreira, Rui; Costa, Fabíola; Machado, Marcela; Neves, Márcia; Caneiras, Cátia; Montes, António M. 2021. "Adapted Chester Step Test Can Have Maximal Response Characteristics for the Assessment of Exercise Capacity in Young Women" Healthcare 9, no. 3: 308. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9030308

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