A simple test for predicting endurance capacity in paraplegic subjects

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Objective. The purpose of this study was to propose and validate a method for predicting endurance capacity in paraplegic patients. Experimental design. The ergometric test proposed by Moritani et al. (1981) was adapted to an arm cranking ergometer. Three trained paraplegic subjects performed three exercise bouts in which the power output remained constant (50, 37.5 and 25 Watts, respectively) and led to the onset of muscular fatigue. The results of this test were compared with the results obtained by the same subjects during prolonged arm cranking bouts performed in separate sessions on different days. Cardiorespiratory (heart rate, oxygen consumption, ventilation and respiratory exchange ratio) and subjective (Borg's 10-point scale) parameters were monitored throughout in the prolonged bouts. Results. No significant discrepancies were found between the predicted endurance capacity values obtained from the adapted Moritani's test and the values obtained in the prolonged arm crancking bouts. Conclusions. The test proposed in the present study provides reliable estimates of the individual endurance capacity. Furthermore, according to these findings, subjective perception of effort could be used as a simple indicator of individual endurance capacity, after having assessed the individual maximal aerobic capacity and the relationship between subjective and objective parameters of the work exterted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-25
Number of pages5
JournalEuropa Medicophysica
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1996


  • Effort, subjective perception
  • Endurance
  • Paraplegia
  • Rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation


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