Degree Name

Master of Philosophy


School of Medicine


Cardiorespiratory fitness is a well-established critical physiological attribute that is frequently evaluated by employers for entry or retention within physically demanding trades. Despite the importance of cardiorespiratory fitness for occupational performance, the ability of cardiorespiratorybased tests to accurately identify physically capable and incapable employees has been questioned. Furthermore, the methodological approach adopted by scientists to develop and validate minimum acceptable cardiorespiratory-based standards is inconsistent. Therefore, the current project investigated the critical steps within the methodological framework for establishing a bona fide cardiorespiratory-based physical employment standard. These steps included the development of task simulations, the determination of a minimum performance standard, and the validation of cardiorespiratory-based tests.



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