Within-day repeatability of the endurance shuttle walk test

Revill S.M, Williams J., Sewell L., Collier R., Singh S.J.


This study was designed to determine the need for a practice walk for the endurance shuttle walk test (ESWT) following the performance of two incremental shuttle walk tests (ISWTs) – one practice and one test – on the same day. Forty-four patients with a primary diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease were included in the study. The mean age of the group was 67.6 years and mean forced expiratory volume in 1 second was 37% predicted.


Having measured Shuttle walk test distance and time, Borg breathlessness score, heart rate and pulsed oxygen saturation it was concluded that a practice endurance shuttle walk is unnecessary following performance of ISWTs on the same day.


Physiotherapy 2009; 95: 140 – 143


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