Sex-, age-, and height-specific reference curves for the 6-min walk test in healthy children and adolescents

Eur J Pediatr. 2015 Jun;174(6):837-40. doi: 10.1007/s00431-014-2454-8. Epub 2014 Dec 10.


The 6-min walk test is a simple and accurate method to measure functional exercise capacity in children. We provide smooth reference curves for the modified 6-min walk test in 696 healthy children and adolescents aged 4-19 years, enabling calculation of sex-, age-, and height-specific Z-scores.

Conclusion: These reference curves will allow more accurate grading of mobility and exercise capacity in sick or disabled children and monitoring the effects of intervention or treatment.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Physical Examination / methods
  • Reference Standards
  • Walking*
  • Young Adult