Test timed up and go and its correlation with age and functional exercise capacity in asymptomatic women

Wesley de Oliveira Vieira, Thatiane Lopes Valentim di Paschoale Ost, Mateus Ferreira, Evandro Fornias Sperandio, Victor Zuniga Dourado


Introduction: The Timed Up and Go test (TUG) is widely used and valid in chronic patients, but rarely addressed in asymptomatic individuals. Objective: To assess the reliability, the age-related changes and the correlation between TUG and the Functional Exercise Capacity (FEC) adjusted for non-institutionalized middle-aged and elderly women. Methods: Ninety-eight women (57 ± 10 years) were selected and stratified into age groups. We have performed the tests TUG, Berg Balance Scale (BBS) and evaluation of usual gait speed (UGS). Fifty-eight participants (57 ± 10 years) also performed incremental shuttle walk test (ISWT). Results: Worse performance in TUG (p < 0,05) for participants aged ≥ 70 years for age groups 40-49 and 50-59 years. The reliability of TUG was excellent between the first and second TUG (intraclass correlation coefficient, 0.933; confidence interval of 95%, from 0.901 to 0.955) and between the second and third TUG (0.958, 0.938 to 0.972). The group of 58 participants who underwent further the ISWT, TUG correlated significantly (p <0.05) with ISWT (r = -0.72), VUM (r = -0.54) and BBS (r= 0.58). A multiple linear regression analysis selected TUG (R2 = 0.517) and VUM (R2 = 0.083) as determinants of FEC. Conclusion: TUG adapted for asymptomatic women is reliable and able to assess the decline of physical mobility with advancing age and it also crucial to the FEC.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/1980-5918.030.003.AO04


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