Six minute walk distance is greater when performed in a group than alone

Grindrod, D., Paton, C.D., Knez, W. L. and O’Brien, B. J. (2006) Six minute walk distance is greater when performed in a group than alone. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 40 10: 876-877. doi:10.1136/bjsm.2006.027904


Author Grindrod, D.
Paton, C.D.
Knez, W. L.
O’Brien, B. J.
Title Six minute walk distance is greater when performed in a group than alone
Journal name British Journal of Sports Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0306-3674
1473-0480
Publication date 2006-10
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1136/bjsm.2006.027904
Volume 40
Issue 10
Start page 876
End page 877
Total pages 2
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher BMJ Publishing Group
Language eng
Subject 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Formatted abstract
Objective:
 To investigate whether the distance covered in the six minute walk test was affected by walking with a group of others in comparison with performing the test alone.


Methods:
 
Eight healthy men (mean (SD) age 21.0 (0.9) years) and eight healthy women (mean (SD) age 20.8 (2.0) years) performed in random order two six minute walk tests either alone or in a group of four on two separate occasions one week apart.

Results:
 
Distance covered increased significantly from a mean of 653 (61) m in the individual male tests to 735 (79) m in the male group tests (p<0.05), and 616 (75) m in the individual female tests to 701 (54) m in the female group tests (p<0.01). The men increased the distance walked in six minutes by 12.5% and the women by 13.7% when they performed the test as a group.

Conclusion:
 Performing the six minute walk test in a group facilitates its execution.

Keyword Physical actitvity
Six-minute walk test
Walking
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collections: Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) - Collection
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