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The effect of an active arm action on heart rate and predicted VO2max during the Chester step test

Elliott, Dave; Abt, Grant; Barry, Tim

Authors

Dave Elliott

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Dr Grant Abt G.Abt@hull.ac.uk
Reader in Sport and Exercise Physiology and Head of Department for Sport, Health and Exercise Science

Tim Barry



Abstract

This study examined whether the predictive outcomes of the Chester step test (CST) would be influenced by arm dynamics. Participants completed the CST on two separate occasions, once using active arms and once using passive arms. Results revealed that when compared to the passive arm protocol, the use of active arms led to a mean increase in heart rate of approximately 7 beats per minute across all of the incremental stages. However, this increase had little impact upon predicted VO2max. Consequently, these results indicate that when performing the CST, participants are able to adopt an arm action that is compatible with personal preference.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2008-04
Journal JOURNAL OF SCIENCE AND MEDICINE IN SPORT
Print ISSN 1440-2440
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 11
Issue 2
Pages 112-115
APA6 Citation Elliott, D., Abt, G., & Barry, T. (2008). The effect of an active arm action on heart rate and predicted VO2max during the Chester step test. Journal of science and medicine in sport / Sports Medicine Australia, 11(2), (112-115). doi:10.1016/j.jsams.2006.12.116. ISSN 1440-2440
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsams.2006.12.116
Keywords Heart rate; Step test; Predicted oxygen consumption
Publisher URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1440244007000734?via%3Dihub