Purpose: This study attempted to establish reference values of the six-minute walk test (6MWT) for children (38 males; 38 females; age 90-108 months) and to determine the relationship between BMI and walking distance. Method: Subjects walked at a normal, self-selected, walking speed on a grassy field for six minutes, after which distance was measured. Results: Mean BMI was 15.50 (sd=2.00) for males and 16.30 (sd=2.90) for females. Mean walking distance was 581.70 m (sd=58.10) for males and 532.20 m (sd=52.60) for females. The partial correlation between BMI and distanced walked with the influence of gender removed was .10 (p > .05). The partial correlation between BMI and distanced walked with the influence of age removed was .02 (p > .05). There was no relationship between distance walked and BMI. Conclusions: Reference values of the six-minute walk test for healthy, third-grade school children were calculated and reported.walk test, pediatric BMI, body mass index, six minute walk test
Roush J, Guy J, Purvis M. Reference Values and Relationship of the Six Minute Walk Test and Body Mass Index in Healthy Third Grade School Children. The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice. 2006 Jul 01;4(3), Article 3.