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Validation of one-mile walk equations for the estimation of aerobic fitness in British military personnel under the age of 40 years

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Objective: To provide an accurate estimate of peak oxygen uptake (VO2 peak) for British Royal Navy Personnel aged between 18 and 39, comparing a gold standard treadmill based maximal exercise test with a submaximal one-mile walk test. Methods: Two hundred military personnel consented to perform a treadmill-based VO2 peak test and two one-mile walk tests round an athletics track. The estimated VO2 peak values from three different one-mile walk equations were compared to directly measured VO2 peak values from the treadmill-based test. One hundred participants formed a validation group from which a new equation was derived and the other 100 participants formed the cross-validation group. Results: Existing equations underestimated the VO2 peak values of the fittest personnel and overestimated the VO2 peak of the least aerobically fit by between 2% and 18%. The new equation derived from the validation group has less bias, the highest correlation with the measured values (r = 0.83), and classified the most people correctly according to the Royal Navy's Fitness Test standards, producing the fewest false positives and false negatives combined (9%). Conclusion: The new equation will provide a more accurate estimate of VO2 peak for a British military population aged 18 to 39.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)753-759
Number of pages7
JournalMilitary Medicine
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013

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