Title page for ETD etd-01242005-175732

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Fuller, Scott Eric
Author's Email Address sfulle5@lsu.edu
URN etd-01242005-175732
Title Oxygen Uptake Efficiency Slope and Functional Physical Performance in Elderly Adults
Degree Master of Science (M.S.)
Department Kinesiology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Robert Wood Committee Chair
Arnold Nelson Committee Member
Dennis Landin Committee Member
  • function testing
  • cardiorespiratory capacity
  • functional fitness
Date of Defense 2004-11-09
Availability unrestricted
Background: The Oxygen Uptake Efficiency Slope (OUES) attained during submaximal treadmill exercise is a reliable index of cardiorespiratory capacity in older adults. This investigation compares OUES values derived during treadmill walking and performance of the Continuous Scale Physical Function Performance test (CS-PFP). Method: A Cosmed portable metabolic cart was used to collect breath gases in 36 older adults (age: 81.8 +/- 7.8 years). Twenty-one subjects performed both the incremental treadmill test and the CS-PFP while an additional 15 subjects performed the CS-PFP, only. Results: The regression of log Ventilation vs. VO2 reveals similar correlations for the CS-PFP and treadmill derived slopes (Rsquare= 0.78-0.93, and 0.81-0.92, respectively). Moreover, the OUES slopes derived from the CS-PFP and treadmill conditions were highly correlated (ICC = .93). Conclusion: the OUES can be derived during the performance of the CS-PFP, suggesting an economy of testing whereby physical function and cardiorespiratory capacity can be simultaneously assessed.
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