About the study

Due to growing concerns over the physical activity levels, fitness, and health of children, fitness testing has been introduced into many physical education programs in schools in Australia and worldwide. The 20 m Shuttle Run Test (20mSRT), also known as; the ‘Beep-test’ is the most popular fitness test used in schools. However, the 20mSRT requires maximal effort (meaning children will feel very ‘puffed out’ or ‘breathless’). For some children, feeling very breathless may feel uncomfortable or unpleasant. Some research suggests that unpleasant feeling during exercise may have a negative impact on future physical activity levels. Therefore, the aim of the study is to:

  • To explore the validity and reliability of a modified version of the 20mSRT.
  • To assess the affective (emotional) response during the modified version of the 20mSRT.

Participants will be asked to come into the lab for 3 sessions spaced out over a 2-week period. Each session will take approximately one hour.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to take part in the study, children must be:

  • Aged between 12 to 14 years
  • Be of a healthy-weight
  • Be able to run and exercise until they feel puffed out

Children who have any of the following will NOT be eligible to take part:

  • A physical, neurological or intellectual disability (e.g. autism, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, low tone etc.)
  • Presence of an acute injury (e.g. broken/fractured bone, sprain, strain, dislocation etc.)
  • Certain medical conditions (e.g. cancer, thyroid problems, moderate to severe uncontrolled asthma etc.)


Participants will receive a $50 gift card as honorarium for their time.


For more information or to register your interest

Phone: 08 8302 1365
Email: unisa.researchvolunteers@unisa.edu.au