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For individuals with lower extremity injury or disability, upper body exercise provides a mechanism of functional mobility training, car-diovascular fitness, as well as a means for clinical fitness assessment. However, the validity of fitness assessment relies on the efficacy of di-agnostic tools and measures in order to provide meaningful data to clinicians. The purpose of this investigation was to determine if the SciFitTMPro II Arm Ergometer, a widely available upper body ergometer UBE, is a reliable device for the determination of VO2Peak in fit able-bodied swimmers. Eight trained male swimmers 28 ± 9 yrs performed two incremental protocols VO2Peak consisting of a 4-min warm-up at 15 W followed by 2 min at 50 W and progressing 10 W every 2 min until volitional exhaustion. There was a linear relationship between workload and VO2 in all trials R = 0.96; p ≤ 0.01 while Cronbach’s alpha for test-retest reliability for VO2 was 0.98. In conclusion, the UBE is an accurate and reliable device for determination of VO2Peak in trained swimmers, and further may be a viable alternative trainingVO2Peak injured athlete.


Reliability; Validity; Upper Body Ergometry; Swimmers

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Yaggie, J. , Armstrong, W. , Ratz, I. and McGregor, S. 2014 Validation of VO2Peakand performance using a SciFitTM Arm Ergometer. Open Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 2, 33-37. doi: 10.4236-ojtr.2014.21007.

Author: James A. Yaggie, W. Jeffrey Armstrong, Ian K. Ratz, Stephen J. McGregor



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