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The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 2016 Jul 07

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Reproducibility of the intermittent Spartacus run test in adolescents with obesity

David THIVEL 1, 2, Grace O'MALLEY 3, Daphnée BLOURDIER 1, Margot TREMEAUX 1, Carole ZANCHET 1, Bruno PEREIRA 4, Sébastien RATEL 1, 2

1 Clermont University, Blaise Pascal University, EA 3533, Laboratory of the Metabolic Adaptations to Exercise Under Physiological and Pathological Conditions (AME2P), Aubière Cedex, France; 2 Regional Center for Human Nutrition (CRNH Auvergne), Clermont-Ferrand, France; 3 Physiotherapy Department, Temple Street Children's University Hospital, Dublin 1,
Ireland; 4 Clermont-Ferrand University Hospital, Biostatistics Unit (DRCI), Clermont-Ferrand, France


BACKGROUND: Evaluating physical fitness in obese children is a core element of their clinical management that requires population specific and reliable standards to detect estimates of functional capacity. The aims of the present study were then (i) to estimate the reproducibility of the newly developed Spartacus intermittent run test in adolescents with obesity, and (ii) to compare the Spartacus test with two commonly used tests (20-meter shuttle run test and the multistage track test) for assessing functional capacity in this population.
METHODS: 12 obese adolescent girls (12-15 years old, BMI: 34.5 ± 4.1 kg/m ) performed a 20-meter shuttle run test (20-SRT), a multistage track test (MSTT) and the Spartacus test. The Spartacus test was performed three times to evaluate its reproducibility. Maximal speed, maximal Heart Rate (HRmax) and Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE) were measured following each test.
RESULTS: The adolescents reached higher maximal speeds following the Spartacus test compared to the two other tests (p<0.001 for both). HRmax was significantly higher following the Spartacus test (194.3 ± 12.4 bpm) compared to 20-SRT (173.5 ± 4.7 bpm) and MSTT (182.4 ± 11.0 bpm) (p<0.001 for both). However, RPE was not significantly different between tests. Furthermore, the Intra-Class Coefficient between the three Spartacus tests was 0.922 [0.777 – 0.979] for the maximal speed with a variation coefficient of only 5%.
CONCLUSIONS: The Spartacus intermittent test is a reproducible test to assess functional capacity in adolescents with obesity. It could then be integrated into the childhood obesity interventions.

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