Reliability and Validity of the Six-Minute Arm Test for the Evaluation of Cardiovascular Fitness in People With Spinal Cord InjuryBy Hol, Adrienne T., MSc; Eng, Janice J., PhD, PT, OT; Miller, William C., PhD, OT; Sproule, Shannon, BScPT; Krassioukov, Andrei V. MD, PhD; Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Vol. 88, No. 4, pp. 489-495
Publication Date: April 2007
Study conducted to design a submaximal arm ergometry test, or the six-minute arm test (6-MAT) for people with spinal cord injury, and to determine the 6-MAT’s test-retest reliability and concurrent validity. The 6-MAT was created to evaluate the cardiovascular fitness of people with spinal cord injury, as it involves six minutes of arm ergometry at a constant power output. A total of 30 people with spinal cord injuries participated in the study. All participants completed the 6-MAT, a steady-state oxygen consumption test, and a heart rate evaluation. The study indicated that the 6-MAT has acceptable test-retest and validity values, while the authors contend that the measure should be tested further for responsiveness in order to validate its usage as a clinical tool.
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