Twenty-metre shuttle run test performance of English children aged 11-15 years in 2007: comparisons with international standards

J Sports Sci. 2008 Jul;26(9):953-7. doi: 10.1080/02640410801910301.


Recent international normative data for the 20-m shuttle-run test demonstrated a below-average performance index for UK children. The aims of the present study were to create an international comparison of 20-m shuttle-run test performance in a sample of English children and to identify age- and sex-specific differences in test performance. Mass, stature, body mass index, and 20-m shuttle-run test performance were measured in 2041 children aged 11-15 years (963 boys, 1078 girls). Performance was expressed as maximum running velocity and a performance index was created by generating z-scores. The shuttle-run test performance index was higher than the existing published value (-0.046, 95% confidence interval [CI] -0.070 to -0.022) for all children (0.061, 95% CI = 0.006 to 0.115), for boys (0.075, 95% CI = -0.022 to 0.171), and for girls (0.048, 95% CI = -0.010 to 0.106). Boys' relative performance increased significantly (F = 4.43, P = 0.002) throughout the measured age range, whereas girls' relative performance tended to decrease (F = 1.98, P = 0.096). The results were favourable when compared with existing values. Differences in performance index may be due to the different geographical areas from which present and past samples were drawn. Reasons for differences in the performance indices between boys and girls warrant further investigation.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Age Factors
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Anthropometry
  • Child
  • England
  • Exercise Test
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Physical Fitness
  • Reference Standards
  • Running / physiology*
  • Sex Factors