Tecumseh step test

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The Tecumseh step test is a modified version of the Harvard Step Test developed by Professor Henry J. Montoye. The main differences from the original protocol were the lower step height (8 inches instead of 20), the more moderate stepping rate (24 steps/min instead of 30) and the shorter duration (3 minutes instead of 5 minutes). These alterations made this test easier to perform and suitable for epidemiological studies. In fact, this modified step test was employed in the Tecumseh Community Health Study run between the 1950s and 60s. During this epidemiological study around 5,488 people performed the Tecumseh Step test.[1] The number of heart beats from 30 seconds after the end of the 3-minute step test to 1 minute after the step test was used to assess cardiovascular fitness level.[2]


  1. ^ Physical Activity and Health: An Epidemiologic Study of an Entire Community, Henry J. Montoye, Prentice-Hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs New Jersey, 1975
  2. ^ McARDLE, W.D. et al., 2nd ed. Essentials of Exercise Physiology, USA: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, p. 365, 2000