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Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 1996 Apr;77(4):399-405.

Health-related fitness test battery for adults: aspects of reliability.

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UKK Institute for Health Promotion Research, Tampere, Finland.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

In two studies, the reliability of 3 balance, 2 flexibility, and 4 muscular strength tests proposed as test items were investigated in a health-related fitness (HRF) test battery for adults.

DESIGN:

Methodological study.

SETTING:

A health promotion research institute.

SUBJECTS:

In study A, volunteers (n=42) from two worksites participated. In study B, a population sample (n=510) of 37-to 57-year-old men and women was selected.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Intraclass correlation coefficient of repeated measures was used to assess inter-rater reliability. The degree of measurement error was expressed as the standard error of measurement. The mean difference with 95% confidence intervals between the testing days or test trials was used to assess test-retest or trial-to-trial reproducibility. The coefficient of variation(CV=[SD/mean] x 100%) from day to day was also calculated.

RESULTS:

The following tests appeared to provide acceptable reliability as methods for field assessment of HRF: standing on one leg with eyes open for balance, side-bending of the trunk for spinal flexibility, modified push-ups for upper body muscular function, and jump and reach and one leg squat for leg muscular function.

CONCLUSIONS:

This reliability assessment provided useful information on the characteristics of potential test items in a HRF test battery for adults and on the limitations of its practical use. Testers must be properly trained to ensure reliable assessment of HRF of adults.

PMID:
8607767
DOI:
10.1016/s0003-9993(96)90092-1
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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