VO2 max is gold standard for measurement
of cardio respiratory fitness(CRF). Study was done as
normative data is lacking of VO2 max for Indian
children which can serve as a reference range & will
help in exercise prescription. Normal & healthy subjects
of 7 to 19 years of both genders, from urban set up,
understanding simple verbal commands were chosen by
stratified random sampling from schools and junior
colleges. 20 meter shuttle run test (20mSRT) was
carried out on playground as per Leger’s protocol.
VO2 max was assessed with by Barnett’s equation(b).
494 subjects showed Mean preadolescent VO2 max was
49.21±2.67ml/kg/min for boys and 44.25±2.28
ml/kg/min for girls girls age group. Mean adolescent
VO2 max was 47.19±3.75 ml/kg/min for boys and
40.03±3.04 ml/kg/min for girls.
Thus styudy concludes:Mean VO2 max was more
in pre adolescents than in adolescents and in boys than
Keywords : VO2 max , Children, 20mSRT