Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Physical Education


The purpose of this investigation was to determine if there was a significant difference in the elicitation of maximum oxygen uptake utilizing a continuous treadmill test versus a disc6ntinuous treadmill test with sedentary college women. The study also attempted to determine if the subjects' perceptions of difficulty of the two protocols were equal utilizing rated perceived exertion. A total of 13 college females volunteered for the study. The order of the test protocols was randomly assigned. The continuous treadmill test was initiated at 6 mph on a 0% grade for 3 minutes. Elevation was increased by 2.5% after each successive 3-minute stage. The discontinuous test was initiated at 6 mph on a 2.5% grade for 3 minutes. The elevation was increased by 2.5% for each successive 3-minute bout of exercise. Each 3-minute run was followed by a 5-minute rest period. Metabolic measures were determined using the open-circuit method. Significant differences were determined by using a Correlated Group 1 test with a .05 alpha level. No significant difference in Max V02 values between the continuous and discontinuous treadmill tests was found. A significantly greater Max V02 value was found on the discontinuous test for the 6 subjects who completed the discontinuous test first. The subjects rated the difficulty of the two tests similarly, however, they preferred the continuous test. (Note - Due to an uncorrectable error in the measuring devices used in the study, the Max V02 values may have been consistently inflated above the normal MaxV02 values for sedentary females.)

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Treadmill exercise tests
Physical fitness -- Testing
Physical fitness for women



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South Dakota State University


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