Normative values for physical fitness of Greek boys and girls aged 6–18 years

K. Tambalis, D. Panagiotakos, G. Psarra, S. Daskalakis, N. Geladas, S. Tokmakidis, L. Sidossis

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE To establish updated normative values of physical fitness in Greek children aged 6 to 18 years for the following measures: 20 m shuttle run, standing long jump, sit-and-reach, 10×5 m shuttle run and sit-ups, and to compare percentiles and z-scores values. METHOD The study was conducted in a representative nationwide sample from March to May 2014. Measurements were made on a total of 473,665 children (51% boys) aged 6 to 18 years. The physical fitness tests were performed and used to calculate normative values by age and sex, using the percentiles of the empirical distributions and the lambda-mu-sigma (LMS) statistical method. RESULTS The normative values of the measurements in the physical fitness tests were presented as tabulated percentiles (P) from 3 to 97 (P3, P10, P25, P50, P75, P90, P97) and smoothed curves. Boys scored better than girls on cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance and speed/agility, while girls had better performances on flexibility (p

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)732-742
Number of pages11
JournalArchives of Hellenic Medicine
Volume32
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016

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Keywords

  • Children
  • Normative values
  • Physical fitness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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Tambalis, K., Panagiotakos, D., Psarra, G., Daskalakis, S., Geladas, N., Tokmakidis, S., & Sidossis, L. (2016). Normative values for physical fitness of Greek boys and girls aged 6–18 years. Archives of Hellenic Medicine, 32(6), 732-742.