Balke test

Balke test

(bălk)
[Bruno Balke, contemporary Ger.-born U.S. physician]
A test to determine maximum oxygen utilization. The subject walks on a flat (0% grade) treadmill at a constant rate of 3.5 miles/hr for 2 min. The treadmill is inclined 1% each successive minute until the subject is exhausted and unable to continue. Oxygen utilization is measured throughout the test.

CAUTION!

The test is not suitable for those with impaired musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, or respiratory systems.
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Indirect assessments are those designed to estimate V[O.sub.2max] without the need for special equipment and are based on equations with variables such as gender, age, height, weight, and distance traveled and can be performed on a running track, a treadmill, etc.; these include the Cooper test, Balke test, the Rockport 1-mile test, 1.5-mile running test, and the 2000-m Ukk test (9).
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University sports facilities often have gas analyzers, but you can estimate your V02 max by an indirect method called the Balke Test. Warm up for 15 minutes, then using a stopwatch and a measured track, run as far as you can at as fast a pace as you can maintain for 15 minutes.