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6 Minute Propulsion Test Sensitivity to Increased Aerobic Capacity

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Mark S. Nash, Ph.D., FACSM, University of Miami Identifier:
First received: August 18, 2010
Last updated: July 21, 2014
Last verified: July 2014
The goals of this project are to 1)determine the responsiveness of the 6 Minute Push Test (6MPT) and 2) explore the relationship between 6MPT distance and measures of handicap, wheelchair satisfaction, depression, and self-reported avoidance of environmental features.

Spinal Cord Injury

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: 6 Minute Propulsion Test Sensitivity to Increased Aerobic Capacity

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Further study details as provided by University of Miami:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in Oxygen uptake during 6 min Push Test From baseline. [ Time Frame: Visits 1-4 ]
    Subjects will be prepared by putting a flexible mask over the mouth and nose. Heart rate during testing will be monitored by either three electrodes on the chest or by a monitor strapped around the chest. Heart rate and oxygen consumption during each 6MPT will be measured. Participants will be instructed to propel as far as possible on a 30m loop marked at 3m intervals, with 15m between pylons, and two 180 degree turns. Distance traveled in 6 minutes (m) will be computed by multiplying the number of full laps completed by 15m and adding the distance traveled in the last lap.

Enrollment: 27
Study Start Date: November 2008
Study Completion Date: September 2013
Primary Completion Date: September 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Spinal Cord Injury

Detailed Description:
The 6 minute walk test is a widely used assessment of aerobic capacity, function, and functional change in the ambulatory population. A similar clinical and research outcome instrument that is responsive to changes in aerobic capacity and function are lacking for persons with spinal cord injury (SCI). A 6 minute push test, adapted from the 6 minute walk test may fill the void. The primary aim of this project is to assess if distance traveled in 6 minutes of wheelchair propulsion changes after an increase in aerobic capacity. We hypothesize that participants will push farther in 6 minutes after their aerobic capacity increases. The secondary aim is to explore the correlation between 6MPT distance and handicap, depression, wheelchair satisfaction, and self-reported avoidance of environmental features. We hypothesize increasing 6MPTdistance will be correlated with decreasing depression, decreasing handicap, decreasing self-reported avoidance of environmental features, and increasing wheelchair satisfaction. This is a low risk, high benefit study.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Community sample of persons with spinal cord injury

Inclusion Criteria:

  • T1 or lower injury
  • at least 1 year post-injury
  • able to self-propel a manual wheelchair
  • enrolled in TMP-MN-006

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Not enrolled in the IRB approval parent study, "Exercise Treatment of Obesity-Related Secondary Conditions in Adults with Paraplegia", TMP-MN-006
  • Unstable angina or myocardial infarction within the past month
  • Resting heart rate >120
  • Systolic blood pressure > 180 mm Hg
  • Diastolic blood pressure > 100 mm Hg
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01184729

United States, Florida
The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
Miami, Florida, United States, 33136
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Miami
Principal Investigator: Mark S Nash, PhD University of Miami, The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
  More Information

Responsible Party: Mark S. Nash, Ph.D., FACSM, Professor, University of Miami Identifier: NCT01184729     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: TMP MN 002
Study First Received: August 18, 2010
Last Updated: July 21, 2014

Keywords provided by University of Miami:
aerobic capacity

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal Cord Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Trauma, Nervous System
Wounds and Injuries processed this record on May 24, 2017