COMPARATIVE STUDY
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Prediction of peak oxygen uptake in children using submaximal ratings of perceived exertion during treadmill exercise

Danielle Lambrick, Haley Bertelsen, Roger Eston, Lee Stoner, James Faulkner
European Journal of Applied Physiology 2016, 116 (6): 1189-95
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PURPOSE: This study assessed the utility of the Children's Effort Rating Table (CERT) and the Eston-Parfitt (EP) Scale in estimating peak oxygen uptake ([Formula: see text]) in children, during cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) on a treadmill.

METHODS: Fifty healthy children (n = 21 boys; 9.4 ± 0.9 years) completed a continuous, incremental protocol until the attainment of [Formula: see text]. Oxygen uptake ([Formula: see text]) was measured continuously, and ratings of perceived exertion (RPE) were estimated at the end of each exercise stage using the CERT and the EP Scale. Ratings up to- and including RPE 5 and 7, from both the CERT (CERT 5, CERT 7) and EP Scale (EP 5, EP 7), were linearly regressed against the corresponding [Formula: see text], to both maximal RPE (CERT 10, EP 10) and terminal RPE (CERT 9, EP 9).

RESULTS: There were no differences between measured- and predicted [Formula: see text] from CERT 5, CERT 7, EP 5 and EP 7 when extrapolated to either CERT 9 or EP 9 (P > 0.05). Pearson's correlations of r = 0.64-0.86 were observed between measured- and predicted [Formula: see text], for all perceptual ranges investigated. However, only EP 7 provided a small difference when considering the standard error of estimate, suggesting that the prediction of [Formula: see text] from EP 7 would be within 10 % of measured [Formula: see text].

CONCLUSIONS: Although robust estimates of [Formula: see text] may be elicited using both the CERT and EP Scale during a single CPET with children, the most accurate estimates of [Formula: see text] occur when extrapolating from EP 7.

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