Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

The Influence of Body Size and Composition on the Successful Completion of the FITNESSGRAM Pull-Up Test in Fifth- and Sixth-Grade Children

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

The Influence of Body Size and Composition on the Successful Completion of the FITNESSGRAM Pull-Up Test in Fifth- and Sixth-Grade Children

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John L. Walker and Lisa K. Lloyd, Southwest Texas State University, and Phillip A. Bishop and Mark T. Richardson, The University of Alabama

The purpose of this study was to determine the influence of sum-of-two-site-skinfolds (mm), body weight (kg), and body mass index (BMI) on the successful completion of the FITNESSGRAM pull-up test in 5th and 6th grade children. The participants were 197 children (110 girls, and 87 boys), ages 10-12 years, enrolled in an elementary physical education class. After height and weight were determined for each participant, the children were administered the FITNESSGRAM pull-up test. Each participant was also measured for triceps and medial calf skinfolds. The boys' sum-of-skinfold measures (36.2 + 19.0 mm), body weight (43.4 + 14.7 kg), and BMI (19.8 + 5.3) did not differ significantly (p[less than].05) from the girls' sum-of-skinfold measures (36.1 + 14.0 mm), body weight (43.3 + 10.9 kg), and BMI (19.6 + 3.8). Fifty-seven participants (18 girls and 39 males) successfully completed at least one pull-up, meeting the FITNESSGRAM criterion standards for pull-ups for ages 10-12 years. Pull-up scores were significantly correlated with sum-of-skinfolds (-.36), body weight (-.27), and BMI (-. …

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