Reliability and validity of physical fitness field tests for adults aged 55 to 70 years

Ritchie, C., Trost, S.G., Brown, W., & Armit, C. (2005) Reliability and validity of physical fitness field tests for adults aged 55 to 70 years. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 8(1), pp. 61-70.

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The aim of this study was to examine the reliability and validity of field tests for assessing physical function in mid-aged and young-old people (55-70 y). Tests were selected that required minimal space and equipment and could be implemented in multiple field settings such as a general practitioner's office. Nineteen participants completed 2 field and I laboratory testing sessions. Intra-class correlations showed good reliability for the tests of upper body strength (lift and reach, R=.66), lower body strength (sit to stand, R=.80) and functional capacity (Canadian Step Test, R=.92), but not for leg power (single timed chair rise, R=.28). There was also good reliability for the balance test during 3 stances: parallel (94.7% agreement), semi-tandem (73.7%), and tandem (52.6%). Comparison of field test results with objective laboratory measures found good validity for the sit to stand (cf 1RM leg press, Pearson r=.68, p <.05), and for the step test (cf PWC140, r = -.60, p <.001), but not for the lift and reach (cf 1RM bench press, r=.43, p >.05), balance (r=-.13, -.18, .23) and rate of force development tests (r=-.28). It was concluded that the lower body strength and cardiovascular function tests were appropriate for use in field settings with mid-aged and young-old adults.

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ID Code: 71860
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: ISI Document Delivery No.: 917LG
Times Cited: 19
Cited Reference Count: 15
Ritchie, C Trost, SG Brown, W Armit, C
Sports medicine australia
Dickson; <Go to ISI>://WOS:000228462500007
Keywords: elderly women, older-adults
DOI: 10.1016/s1440-2440(05)80025-8
ISSN: 1440-2440
Deposited On: 21 May 2014 03:33
Last Modified: 21 May 2014 03:33

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