A Comparison of 20-M Shuttle-Run Performance of us Midwestern Youth to Their National and International Counterparts

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Michael W. Beets
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This study was undertaken to initiate a standardized methodology model for reporting cardiovascular fitness (CVF) for youths in the US and to compare the CVF of youths from a Midwestern metropolitan area to their international and US peers. Participants were 795 youths 8–18 yrs old. The 20-m shuttle-run test (20MST) was used to determine CVF and body composition was determined by body mass index (BMI). Comparative analysis was made by sex and age. Participants in this study showed similar CVF levels with their US peers, but when compared with their international counterparts, they demonstrated considerably lower CVF and higher BMI.

Beets is with the Department of Public Health, Oregon State University, 303 Waldo Hall, Corvallis, OR 97331. Pitetti is with the Department of Physical Therapy, College of Health Professions, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS 67260-0152

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