Rockport Walk Test - Dr.Kamen Kinesiology100 8February2014...

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Unformatted text preview: Dr. Kamen Kinesiology 100 8 February 2014 Rockport Walk Test Results The Rockport Walk Test is a fitness test used to determine one’s VO​ max. This 2​ determines the maximum capacity of one’s fitness and oxygen intake during exercise. A person with a high VO​ max can be described as someone who is aerobically fit and has a higher 2​ tolerance for oxygen intake. In class, a group of students were shown a 400 meter course. The class had to walk around the course as fast as possible until they reached the finish line. At the finish line, the instructor who was keeping time with a stopwatch read out everyone’s finishing times. Immediately after that, students were instructed to check their pulse within a matter of ten or fifteen second intervals. If students counted beats for ten seconds, that number would be multiplied by six in order to get 60. Students multiplied their answer by four if they counted by fifteen second intervals. After determining these values, students inputted their data into the following equation in order to determine the estimate of one’s VO​ (ml/kg/min): 88.768 ­ 2 MAX ​ (.3877 * age) + 8.892 * gen) ­ (1.4537 * t) ­ (.1194 * hr). The score that I obtained was 48.74. The following chart displays the scores obtained by every individual in class. The average of the females in the class was 51.33, so my score represents the fact that I’m somewhat below the female class average, and I’m not extremely aerobically fit. Some factors that could affect this score could be the fact that I didn’t necessarily try as hard as I am capable of. I was also really sick that day which could inhibit my ability to walk faster. The weather could also contribute to inaccurate scores, as some individuals may perform better in warmer weather conditions. If there was snow or ice on the ground it could have also slowed individuals down and give an inaccurate result. This test would be poorly suited to people who have a mobility impairment. They’re unable to walk efficiently, therefore be unable to obtain an accurate time and heart rate. It also wouldn’t have an accurate result for those who may have had a heart attack or those who have a pacemaker. A pacemaker keeps an individual’s heart rate at a set pace, therefore it would not change and have an inaccurate result. This test would would be very well suited to those who might be elite athletes, or individuals who are constantly exercising and increasing their endurance. This is a noninvasive technique in order to provide an estimate of one’s VO​ . The only materials required are a 2 MAX ​ stopwatch, a set course and a calculator to perform the calculation, which is what makes it different than other invasive tests performed on people. It is safe, easy to follow and allows pretty much any individual to part take in this experiment. Rockport Walk Test Results Males Females 58.52 45.39 45.64 48.74 55.50 49.82 64.02 49.70 51.75 50.35 50.75 44.23 50.85 41.71 56.32 49.48 61.18 61.92 60.91 62.41 60.41 Average female: 51.33 Average male: 55.54 ...
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