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FIEP European Congress 2017

International Federation of Physical Education

FIEP European Congress

Luxembourg 2017

12th European Congress of the International Federation of Physical Education (FIEP)

Luxembourg Luxembourg, Esch-sur-Alzette, University of Luxembourg
www.fiep2017luxembourg.uni.lu

Video format: MP4 | watch on YouTube

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

The FIEP European Congress is organised by the International Federation of Physical Education (Fédération Internationale d’Education Physique – FIEP), which was founded in 1923 with the aim of promoting and developing Physical Education and Sports Education, Sport for All, Fitness and Health and Recreation. The FIEP European Congress have been held in different countries around Europe over the course of many years. This year is the 12th FIEP European Congress, which was hosted by the University of Luxembourg in Esch-sur-Alzette (15km from the countrie's capital, Luxembourg city).

OUR CONTRIBUTION

I presented our new software, called ‘Beep Shuttle Junior’, for assessing the cardiorespiratory fitness in children and adolescents, during the poster presentations of the FIEP New Leaders Programme at the 12th FIEP European Congress in Luxembourg. Our abstract was published as conference proceedings, and together with our poster are both available for download on this page. After the Congress, this study was built upon further based on the inputs received at the Congress, and it was published in the Journal of Advanced Sport Technology, Vol.1, 2018.

 

BeepShuttle: Software for assessing the cardiorespiratory fitness of children and adolescents

Poster Presentation

Stefan Kolimechkov at the 12th FIEP European Congress in Luxembourg 2017

FIEP European Congress 2017
12th European Congress of the International Federation of Physical Education

BEEPSHUTTLE: SOFTWARE FOR ASSESSING THE CARDIORESPIRATORY FITNESS OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS

S. Kolimechkov, L. Petrov, A. Alexandrova & K. Cholakov,
National Sports Academy, Sofia, Bulgaria

ABSTRACT

INTRODUCTION:

A higher level of cardiorespiratory fitness in childhood and adolescence is associated with a healthier cardiovascular profile and with a lower risk of developing cardiovascular diseases later in adulthood. The most valid measure of cardiorespiratory fitness is the maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max). The 20m shuttle run test (20mSRT) is the most widely used test to assess the cardiorespiratory fitness of children and adolescents, and it is part of the most extensively applied health-related fitness test batteries. The creation of software to facilitate the implementation of this test would make it easier to assess the cardiovascular status of each individual. The aim of this study was to approve specific software which administers the 20mSRT, calculates the VO2max in children and adolescents between the ages of 6 and 18, and classifies them in accordance with advanced international norms.

METHODS:

A total of 63 children (31 girls and 32 boys) from London, aged from 6 to 9, participated in this study. Weight and height were measured, and the Z-scores and percentile scores for weight, height and BMI were calculated and assessed using the WHO software, AnthroPlus. We designed specialised software, ‘BeepShuttle Junior’ [3], to improve the assessment and efficacy of the 20mSRT in children and adolescents. The ‘BeepShuttle Junior’ provides information relating to the duration of the test, current stage and shuttle, distance achieved, and speed, in addition to calculating the predicted VO2max (ml/kg/min) by using the Léger et al’s equation for children and adolescents [1], and VO2max percentile score (PRs). In order to assess children’s VO2max, the software applies the most comprehensive and up-to-date set of age-specific and gender-specific 20mSRT international norms. The statistical analyses were conducted with SPSS Statistics 19, using descriptive statistics, independent-samples t-test and Pearson correlation. Statistically significant differences between the average values were evaluated at p < 0.05, and all data in the text are presented as average ± SD.

RESULTS:

The administration of the 20mSRT by ‘BeepShuttle Junior’ is highly convenient and comprehensive, with good visualisation embodied throughout. The individual results and assessments exactly matched the interpolated normative data tables. Whilst boys performed significantly better than girls in cardiorespiratory fitness (47.71 ± 3.13 vs 45.85 ± 2.17 ml/kg/min, p < 0.05), the percentile scores were, however, similar (53.17 ± 23.64 and 53.90 ± 22.14).

Table 1. Age, BMI, BMI Z-score, predicted maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max) and VO2max percentile scores (Average ± SD) of all participants

 

Girls (n=31)

Boys (n=32)

Significance

Age (y)

9.01 ± 0.48

8.62 ± 0.72

p < 0.05

BMI (kg/m2)

18.88 ± 3.63

18.63 ± 3.06

 

BMI Z-score

0.92 ± 1.23

1.14 ± 1.29

 

VO2max, ml/kg/min

45.85 ± 2.17

47.71 ± 3.13

p < 0.01

VO2max percentile score

53.90 ± 22.14

53.17 ± 23.64

 

A significant, negative correlation between the BMI Z-scores and VO2max in girls and boys (-0.54, p = 0.002 and -0.44 respectively, p = 0.011) was observed.

DISCUSSION:

The 20mSRT was first described by Luc Léger with an original 1-minute protocol [1], which starts at a speed of 8.5 km/h and increases by 0.5 km/h each minute. Other variations of the test have also been developed, but the original protocol is nevertheless recommended [2]. The administration of the 20mSRT and the accurate assessment of its results, however, might lead to some difficulties; for instance, it is hard to follow the shuttles and the speed for each individual properly when using only audio signals. Moreover, some test batteries, such as Alpha-fit and ASSO-FTB, do not refer to VO2max, but only to the completed stages of the 20mSRT, which is not an appropriate way to compare results from different studies. Furthermore, the reference standards of the 20mSRT have gaps in their values for younger children, which makes it more difficult for assessment purposes. Our software, ‘BeepShuttle Junior’, however, has the following advantages: it provides immediate assessment of cardiorespiratory fitness by using audio and visual signals, and calculates and assesses results (such as VO2max and percentile scores) of individuals between the ages of 6 and 18 in accordance with comprehensive international norms. This software can be applied for health and fitness screening, profiling, monitoring and surveillance in schools and sports clubs.

References:

1. Leger, L., et al. (1988). "The multistage 20 metre shuttle run test for aerobic fitness." J Sports Sci 6(2): 93-101.

2. Tomkinson, G., et al. (2003). Secular trends in the performance of children and adolescents (1980-2000): an analysis of 55 studies of the 20mSRT. Sports Med, 33(4), 285-300.

3. BeepShuttle Junior. (2017). Software for assessing aerobic fitness. Retrieved from STK SPORT < https://www.stk-sport.co.uk/beepshuttle-junior.html >

 

Presenting Author: Stefan Kolimechkov

Date & time: 15 September 2017, 3:00 - 4:00 pm

FIEP New Leaders Poster Presentations, University of Luxembourg

BeepShuttle: Software for assessing the cardiorespiratory fitness of children and adolescents at the FIEP Congress in Luxembourg 2017

 

 

GALLERY, FIEP Luxembourg 2017

FIEP New Leaders Programme 2017

We are the New FIEP Leaders of 2017 (12th FIEP European Congress).

 

Young Researchers at the 12th FIEP European Congress

Here I am with PhD student Pavel Kapoun (Masaryk University in Czech Republic) at the 12th FIEP European Congress.

 

Dr Richard Bailey at the 12th FIEP Congress

Great talk by Dr Richard Bailey at the FIEP Congress.

 

FIEP Poster presentation

Here I am with Stefan Nut (Romania) at the FIEP poster presentation.

 

Proceedings of the 12th FIEP Congress

Our abstract at the Proceedings of the 12th FIEP European Congress in Luxembourg.

 

Stefan Kolimechkov from the National Sports Academy presenting a poster at a European Congress

My poster presentation at the 12th FIEP European Congress 2017.

 

Stefan Kolimechkov PhD

My Goal at the next FIEP congress will be to present a Presentation in the Parallel sessions, speaking from the main podium.

 

C. Scheuer, Darlene Kluka, C. Torres, C. Burnett-Louw, Uri Schaefer, K. DePauw, and R. Naul

Some great talks at the Invited symposia during the 12th FIEP Congress 2017: C. Scheuer, Darlene Kluka, C. Torres, C. Burnett-Louw, Uri Schaefer, K. DePauw, and R. Naul.

 

Fiep new leaders

And this is us, the FIEP NEW Leaders of 2017 at the University of Luxembourg.

 

Beep test, Aerobic fitness of children and adolescents

A Demo of our new Software BeepShuttle Junior was give to everyone interested in the assessment of Aerobic fitness in children and adolescents.

 

Gala dinner 12th FIEP Congress 2017

Here we are at the Gala dinner of the 12th FIEP Congress which took place at the Hotel Sofitel Luxembourg Europe.

 

Luxembourg City FIEP European Congress, Kolimechkov

Here I met a great friend, Dr Vedrana Sember (Researcher at University of Ljubljana).

 

Gala of the 12th FIEP European Congress 2017

Awarding Ceremony at the Gala Dinner.

 

National Sports Academy 'Vassil Levski', Sofia, Bulgaria at the 12th FIEP European Congress 2017

It was great to see other researchers from Bulgaria at the 12th FIEP European Congress 2017.

 

Stefan Todorov Kolimechkov - National Sports Academy, Sofia

My conference badge at the 12th FIEP European Congress 2017.

 

Vedrana Sember, Mike Vorlicek, Angels Nicolau

Here are The Winners of the FIEP New Leaders Poster Competition. Unfortunately, I did not make the first three. (Left to right: Vedrana Sember, University of Ljubljana in Slovenia; Mike Vorlicek, Fakulta tělesné kultury UP in Czech Republic; Angels Nicolau, FIEP Catalunya in Spain).

 

Sightseeing Tour Luxembourg City, FIEP European Congress 2017

We also had a chance to look around Luxembourg City.

 

FIEP Congress 2017 Gala dinner

The gala dinner of the FIEP Congress took place at the Hotel Sofitel Luxembourg Europe.

 

Stefan Kolimechkov at 12th FIEP European Congress at the University of Luxembourg, 2017

And here is my best shot while presenting my poster at the FIEP Congress. That was my first international scientific congress, and I absolutely loved it.

 

In Summary

It was a wonderful experience to represent our scientific team and present a poster presentation at the 12th FIEP European Congress in Luxembourg. I would like to say thank you to my supervisors Dr Petrov and Dr Alexandrova, our computer engineer Mr Cholakov, as well as my English teacher David Page for their contribution. Big thanks to PhD student Mike Vorlicek for these photos, and Teddy Stefan Nut for the video. Thank you FIEP Executive Board for accepting me as a New FIEP Leader of 2017!

Stefan Kolimechkov

 

How to cite this study:
After the 12th FIEP European Congress, this study was built upon further and the complete findings were published in the Journal of Advanced Sport Technology, Vol.1, 2018, so you can cite the article in this journal as follows:

Kolimechkov, S., Petrov, L., Alexandrova, A., & Cholakov, K. (2018). BeepShuttle Junior: Software for the Administration of the 20m Shuttle Run Test in Children and Adolescents. Journal of Advanced Sport Technology, 1(3), 35-40.