Assessing health-related fitness tests in the school setting: reliability, feasibility and safety; the ALPHA Study

Int J Sports Med. 2010 Jul;31(7):490-7. doi: 10.1055/s-0030-1251990. Epub 2010 Apr 29.


The aim of this study was to determine the reliability, feasibility and safety of a health-related fitness test battery administered by Physical Education (PE) teachers in the school setting. Six PE teachers, from three primary schools and three secondary schools, assessed twice (7 days apart) the 20 m shuttle run, handgrip and standing long jump tests, as well as weight, stature, triceps and subscapular thickness and waist circumference in 58 children (age: 6-11 yr) and 80 adolescents (age: 12-18 yr). Feasibility and safety were assessed by researches by means of direct observation. Significant inter-trial differences were found for the standing long jump test (3.8+/-12.7 cm, P<0.05) and for stature (0.73+/-0.8 cm, P<0.001) in children, and for waist circumference in both children and adolescents (-0.82+/-1.2 cm and -0.35+/-0.8 cm respectively, P=0.001). The feasibility and safety items assessed presented a successful answer. Therefore, the results indicate that health-related fitness tests administered by PE teachers are reliable, feasible and safe to be performed in the school setting.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Age Factors
  • Child
  • Exercise Test / methods*
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Physical Education and Training / methods*
  • Physical Fitness*
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Schools
  • Students
  • Waist Circumference