Assessment of Cardiovascular Fitness [VO2max] Among Kinesioloy Students by Treadmill Maximal Aerobic Capacity Testing

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Dr. Troy Purdom


Pre-Physical Therapy

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Fall 2019


Aerobic capacity (AC) is the gold standard for fitness and health assessment. Monitoring aerobic capacity is warranted to stratify health. VO2max is the preferred method to assess aerobic capacity. Purpose: assess aerobic capacity and demographics of Kinesiology students. Methods: Fourteen Kinesiology students (mean ± SD: Age: 20.9 ± 1.8yrs; height: 168.6 ± 9.0cm; weight: 73.8 ± 22kg; FFM: 54.7 ± 15.0kg; 26.0 ± 8.3%; VO2max: 46.9 ± 13.5ml/kg/min) participated in a standardized VO2max protocol to assess AC. All subjects completed a cardiovascular risk evaluation sheet prior to measuring height and weight via electronic scale and standiometer. The subject’s body composition was then measured using multi-frequency bioelectrical impedance. Subjects completed a standardized dynamic warm-up and a five minute self-selected treadmill warm-up prior to starting the VO2max test. Each maximal test protocol was customized to begin with a built-in warm-up and end with volitional fatigue within 8-12minutes. Rate of perceived exertion, heart rate, and VO2 were recorded at minute intervals. Data are presented as mean ± SD. Results: Sex based VO2max values of male and female subjects was 51.8 ± 13.1 mL• kg-1min-1 and 42.8 ± 11.3 mL• kg-1min-1 respectively. When converted to METs, men’s and women’s peak MET value was 14.8 and 12.2 respectively Conclusion: Results of the VO2max and METs values produced indicate that both male and female Kinesiology students AC was higher than the minimum standard recommendation of 7.9 METs. The lower AC limit (7.9 METs) suggests increased mortality and cardiovascular disease risk, when compared with Kinesiology students.

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