HALO visiting scholar Dr. Diego Silva is lead author on a paper, “Cardiorespiratory fitness in children: evidence for criterion-referenced cut-points,” that was recently published in PLoS ONE. Citation details and a summary of the paper are below.

Silva DAS, Lang JJ, Barnes JD, Tomkinson GR, Tremblay MSCardiorespiratory fitness in children: evidence for criterion-referenced cut-points. PLoS ONE. 2018;13(8):e0201048.


INTRODUCTION: Criterion-referenced cut-points for field-based cardiorespiratory fitness for children (CRF) are lacking. This study determined: (a) the association between CRF and obesity, (b) the optimal cut-points for low CRF associated with obesity in children, and (c) the association between obesity and peak oxygen uptake ([Formula: see text]) estimated from the 20-m shuttle run test using two different prediction equations. METHODS: A total of 8,740 children aged 10.1±1.2 were recruited from 11 sites across Canada. CRF was assessed using 20mSRT reported as running speed at the last completed stage, number of completed laps and predicted [Formula: see text], which was estimated at the age by sex level using the Léger et al. and FitnessGram equations. Body mass index and waist circumference z-scores were used to identify obesity. Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves and logistic regression determined the discriminatory ability of CRF for predicting obesity. RESULTS: 20mSRT had satisfactory predictive ability to detect obesity estimated by BMI, WC, and BMI and WC combined (area under the curve [AUC]>0.65). The FitnessGram equation (AUC>0.71) presented somewhat higher discriminatory power for obesity than the equation of Léger et al. (AUC>0.67) at most ages. Sensitivity was strong (>70%) for all age- and sex-specific cut-points, with optimal cut-points in 8- to 12-year-olds for obesity identified as 39 mL•kg-1•min-1 (laps: 15; speed: 9.0 km/h) and 41 mL•kg-1•min-1 (laps: 15-17; speed: 9.0 km/h) for girls and boys, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: 20mSRT performance is negatively associated with obesity and CRF cut-points from ROC analyses have good discriminatory power for obesity.

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