Test-retest reliability of a field-based physical fitness assessment for children and adolescents aged 9-17 years: The Fuprecol Study

Robinson Ramírez-Vélez, JE Correa-Bautista, Diogo Rodrigues-Bezerra, Mónica Liliana Ojeda-Pardo, Diana Lorena Camelo Prieto, Luis Andrés Téllez-T

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Test-retest Reliability Of A Field-based Physical Fitness Assessment For Children And Adolescents Aged 9-17 Years
The Fuprecol Study
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Rodrigues-Bezerra, Diogo; Ojeda-Pardo, Monica Liliana; Camelo-Prieto, Diana Lorena; Tinjaca, Luís Andrés Téllez; Correa-Bautista, Jorge Enrique; Ramírez-Vélez, Robinson
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1Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá D.C, Colombia. 2Universidad Santo Tomas, Bogotá D.C, Colombia.

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Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise: May 2016 - Volume 48 - Issue 5S - p 95-96
doi: 10.1249/01.mss.0000485291.01684.a4
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PURPOSE: Substantial evidence indicates that youth physical fitness levels are an important marker of lifestyle and cardio-metabolic health profiles and predict future risk of chronic diseases. The reliability physical fitness tests have not been explored in Latino-American youth population. The present study aims to determine the test-retest reliability of the Fitness Test Battery in children and adolescents aged 9-17 years.

METHODS: Participants were 229 Colombian youth (boys n=124 and girls n=105) aged 9 to 17.9 years old. Five components of field-based physical fitness were measured: 1) morphological component: height, weight, body mass index (BMI), waist circumference, triceps skinfold, subscapular skinfold, and body fat (%) via impedance; 2) musculoskeletal component: handgrip and standing long jump test; 3) motor component: speed/agility test (4x10 m shuttle run); 4) flexibility component (hamstring and lumbar extensibility, sit-and-reach test); 5) cardiorespiratory component: 20-meter shuttle-run test (SRT) to estimate maximal oxygen consumption. The tests were performed two times, 1 week apart on the same day of the week, except for the SRT which was performed only once. Intra-observer technical errors of measurement (TEMs) and inter-rater (reliability) were assessed in the morphological component.

RESULTS: Reliability for the Musculoskeletal, motor and cardiorespiratory fitness components was examined using Bland-Altman tests. For the morphological component, TEMs were small and reliability was greater than 95% of all cases. For the musculoskeletal, motor, flexibility and cardiorespiratory components, we found adequate reliability patterns in terms of systematic errors (bias) and random error (95% limits of agreement). When the fitness assessments were performed twice, the systematic error was nearly 0 for all tests, except for the sit and reach (mean difference: −1.03 % [95% CI= −4.35 % to −2.28 %].

CONCLUSIONS: The results from this study indicate that the “Fuprecol study” field-based physical fitness administered by physical education teachers, was reliable for measuring health-related components of fitness in children and adolescents aged 9-17.9 years old in a school setting in Colombia.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-96
Number of pages2
JournalMedicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Volume48
Issue number5
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StatePublished - 2016

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