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. pp. 876-877.

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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.

Item ID: 3790
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1473-0480
Keywords: exercise testing; aerobic power; social facilitation; well-being; six minute walk test
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2009 01:07
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170114 Sport and Exercise Psychology @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110602 Exercise Physiology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920408 Health Status (e.g. Indicators of Well-Being) @ 70%
92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 30%
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