Both the 6MWT and ISWT have been validated in the paediatric population (Bartels et al 2013, Selvadurai et al 2003).
Results from the three measurement time points for the Manual Muscle Testing, Paediatric Balance Scale, the HiMat, 6MWT and ISWT are shown in Table 1.
Table 1: Results of the strength, balance and exercise capacity tests Measurement Start of End of 6 week Programme Programme follow-up Manual Muscle 3 UL, 4 LL 5 UL & LL 5 UL & LL Test (/5) Paediatric 52 56 56 Balance Scale (/56) HiMat (/54) 17 20 27 6MWT 310m NC NC ISWT 410m 530m 660m (approximate (1.
2max] reference values and ranges for health promotion in people aged 50-59 years (Table 1) (Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, 2006), published by Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, it is clear that the exercise intensity of the 20-m SRT and 10-m ISWT tests is unsuitable for middle-aged adults.
In view of this, we extended the 10-m course of the 10-m ISWT to create a 15-m incremental shuttle walk and run test (15-m ISWRT).