A study to establish the reference values for two minute walk distance in school going children
Background: The idea to use functional scales to evaluate the prognosis of children is widely being facilitate by the International Classification of Functioning, Disabilities & Health, hence the present study was to examine responsiveness, of 2 Minute Walk Test (MWT) in school going children. Purpose of the Study: This current study aims to establish the reference values for 2MWT in healthy school going children. Objectiveof study: To establish reference values for 2 Min Walk distance in healthy Indian children of 7 to 10 years age. Method & material: A total of 82 school going children participated in the study aged between 7 to 10 years. Out of which 41 were normal weight and 41 were obese students. They were divided equally into two groups based on their BMI. Group A comprised of obese and group B comprised of normal weight participants. Two-minute walk test was performed by the participants on a obstacle free 15 m distance. Distance covered by the participants was measured and documented after the test. Results: Themean 2MWD was 158.268 ± 16.0209 meters in obese children whereas in normal weight children it was 185.2195 ± 13.81771. 2MWD had shown excellent correlation with weight. P=0.0001 is considered as significant. Conclusion: The average distance covered by healthy children is approximately 185.2195 ± 13.81771 meters in two minute which is less in obese group 158.268 ± 16.0209 meters.