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Pediatric Physical Therapy:
doi: 10.1097/PEP.0b013e3182694a4c
Research Article

Reference Values for the Muscle Power Sprint Test in 6- to 12-Year-Old Children

Douma-van Riet, Danielle MPPT; Verschuren, Olaf PhD; Jelsma, Dorothee MPPT; Kruitwagen, Cas MSc; Smits-Engelsman, Bouwien PhD; Takken, Tim PhD

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Purpose: The aims of this study were (1) to develop centile reference values for anaerobic performance of Dutch children tested using the Muscle Power Sprint Test (MPST) and (2) to examine the test-retest reliability of the MPST.

Methods: Children who were developing typically (178 boys and 201 girls) and aged 6 to 12 years (mean = 8.9 years) were recruited. The MPST was administered to 379 children, and test-retest reliability was examined in 47 children. MPST scores were transformed into centile curves, which were created using generalized additive models for location, scale, and shape.

Results: Height-related reference curves were created for both genders. Excellent (intraclass correlation coefficient = 0.98) test-retest reliability was demonstrated.

Conclusions: The reference values for the MPST of children who are developing typically and aged 6 to 12 years can serve as a clinical standard in pediatric physical therapy practice. The MPST is a reliable and practical method for determining anaerobic performance in children.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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