Physical fitness normative values for 6–18-year-old Greek boys and girls, using the empirical distribution and the lambda, mu, and sigma statistical method

Konstantinos D. Tambalis, Demosthenes B. Panagiotakos, Glykeria Psarra, Stelios Daskalakis, Stavros A. Kavouras, Nickos Geladas, Savas Tokmakidis, Labros S. Sidossis

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Abstract

The aim of the this study was to establish age- and gender-specific physical fitness normative values and to compare percentiles and Z scores values in a large, nationwide sample of Greek children aged 6–18 years. From March 2014 to May 2014, a total of 424,328 boys and girls aged 6–18 years who attended school in Greece were enrolled. The studied sample was representative, in terms of age–sex distribution and geographical region. Physical fitness tests (i.e. 20 m shuttle run test (SRT), standing long jump, sit and reach, sit-ups, and 10 × 5 m SRT) were performed and used to calculate normative values, using the percentiles of the empirical distributions and the lambda, mu, and sigma statistical method. Normative values were presented as tabulated percentiles for five health-related fitness tests based on a large data set comprising 424,328 test performances. Boys typically scored higher than girls on cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, and speed/agility, but lower on flexibility (all p values

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalEuropean Journal of Sport Science
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StateAccepted/In press - Sep 25 2015

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  • children
  • normative values
  • performance
  • Physical fitness

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  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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Physical fitness normative values for 6–18-year-old Greek boys and girls, using the empirical distribution and the lambda, mu, and sigma statistical method. / Tambalis, Konstantinos D.; Panagiotakos, Demosthenes B.; Psarra, Glykeria; Daskalakis, Stelios; Kavouras, Stavros A.; Geladas, Nickos; Tokmakidis, Savas; Sidossis, Labros S.

In: European Journal of Sport Science, 25.09.2015.

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Tambalis, Konstantinos D. ; Panagiotakos, Demosthenes B. ; Psarra, Glykeria ; Daskalakis, Stelios ; Kavouras, Stavros A. ; Geladas, Nickos ; Tokmakidis, Savas ; Sidossis, Labros S. / Physical fitness normative values for 6–18-year-old Greek boys and girls, using the empirical distribution and the lambda, mu, and sigma statistical method. In: European Journal of Sport Science. 2015.
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