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dc.contributor.authorMarques, Aldapt_PT
dc.contributor.authorRebelo, Patríciapt_PT
dc.contributor.authorPaixão, Cátiapt_PT
dc.contributor.authorAlmeida, Sarapt_PT
dc.contributor.authorOliveira, Anapt_PT
dc.description.abstractThe Unsupported Upper Limb Exercise Test (UULEX) has been increasingly used to assess upper limb exercise capacity. However, contrary to lower limb exercise tests, predictive equations for the UULEX have never been established. This study developed a reference equation to predict UULEX capacity in healthy adults. 556 healthy volunteers (43% male; 53.6±24.6yrs) were enrolled. Gender, age, smoking habits, physical activity (PA), using the brief questionnaire of PA, and body mass index were collected. Participants performed 2 UULEX tests and the best performance was kept for analysis. Data from 389 participants was used in a stepwise multiple regression to produce a predictive equation, which was then validated in 167 participants using Pearson correlations. Age, gender and PA were independent predictors of the UULEX test, explaining 58% (p<0.001) of the variability. The derived reference equation was: 15.753-(0.135*age)+(2.428*gender)+(0.274*PA), where males=1; females=0. A significant and high correlation (r=0.715; p<0.001) was found between the values predicted by the developed equation and participants’ real performance (Fig.1). This equation is a valuable tool to interpret UULEX obtained from people with or without a health condition. Future studies including measures of the upper limb, such as arm strength and/or length, might aid increasing the variability explained by the predictive equation proposed.pt_PT
dc.titlePredictive equation for the unsupported upper limb exercise test (UULEX) in healthy adultspt_PT
dc.description.versionNot Publishedpt_PT
ua.event.date5 Julho, 2018pt_PT
degois.publication.titleIV Simpósio de Pós-graduação do iBiMED, University of Aveiropt_PT
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