Validity of the Multistage 20-M Shuttle-Run Test for Japanese Children, Adolescents, and Adults

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Akira Matsuzaka
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Yuko Takahashi
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Masayuki Yamazoe
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Naomi Kumakura
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Boguslaw Wilk
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The purpose of this study was to examine the validity of a 20-m shuttle-run test as an aerobic fitness test for Japanese children, adolescents, and young adults. Participants were 62 boys and 70 girls aged 8–17 years and 56 men and 99 women aged 18–23 years. Stepwise regression analysis was used to elucidate the relationship between shuttle-run performance, age, gender, and anthropometric parameters (as independent variables) and peak oxygen uptake (VO2peak), determined directly on a treadmill, as a dependent variable. We observed high multiple correlations for adults (R2 = .88) and for children and adolescents (R2 = .80). Therefore, it is suggested that our multiple regression equations are more appropriate for predicting VO2peak in Japanese children, adolescents, and adults.

Matsuzaka, Takahashi, Yamazoe, Kumakura, and Ikeda are with the Faculty of Education, Ibaraki University, Ibaraki, Japan. Wilk and Bar-Or are with Children’s Exercise and Nutrition Centre, Department of Pediatrics, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada.

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