Ms. Urvi Vipul Patel, Dr. G. D. Vishnu Vardhan


Background: The aim of the   study was to study the effect of aerobic training on cardiorespiratory fitness in physiotherapy students. This was an analytical type of study using Chester’s treadmill walk test as an outcome measure. This test consists of 6 levels and had been carried out before and after the intervention which consists of treadmill training for 8 weeks after which the pre and post fitness levels of physiotherapists was assessed.

Objective: To study the effect of endurance training on cardiorespiratory fitness in physiotherapy students. To assess the cardiorespiratory fitness using Chester’s Treadmill Walk Test. To check the changes in VO2max , heartrate, and blood pressure  post the intervention strategy.

Methodology: 25 Participants were selected by Convenient Sampling who were college students from Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam College of physiotherapy, PIMS, Loni. The participants included were between age group of 18-25 years who were not able to complete the Chester Treadmill Walk test for 12 minutes. After which those who were included were given a 8 weeks treadmill training intervention and then post testing was carried out again using the same test and then conclusion was carried out accordingly.

Results: The outcome measures considered were VO2max, heartrate and blood pressure. According to the ACSM’s Guidelines, aerobic training was given to 25 samples for 8 weeks. After which the participants were again tested using the same test. The student paired “t” test value of heartrate prior to intervention was 33.81 and post intervention was 8.34 and the student paired “t” test value for systolic blood pressure was 2.16 and diastolic blood pressure was 2.22. The student paired “t” test value of VO2max was 4.03. Based on the readings of the “t” test values mentioned above, proves that there is significant increase in VO2max post the aerobic training intervention

Discussion and conclusion: The results of the study supports that endurance training is effective and helps increasing cardiorespiratory fitness level in Physiotherapy students. It shows that there is a significant increase in VO2max which was calculated using the formula for Chester Treadmill Walk Test after the aerobic training intervention was given for 8 weeks based on the ACSM’s Guidelines.


Chester Treadmill Walk Test, Cardiorespiratory fitness, Treadmill training, Physiotherapy students.

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