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Title: Age-specific correlation analysis of longitudinal physical fitness levels in men
Authors: Beunen, Gaston
Lefevre, Johan
Claessens, Albrecht
Lysens, Roeland
Maes, Hugo
Renson, Roland
Simons, Jan
Vanden Eynde, Bavo
Vanreusel, Bart
Van den Bossche, C #
Issue Date: Aug-1992
Series Title: European journal of applied physiology and occupational physiology vol:64 issue:6 pages:538-545
Abstract: This study investigated the age-specific tracking of adult health- and performance-related fitness scores. In addition, the independent contribution of adolescent physical characteristics to the explanation of adult fitness scores was also studied. The sample consisted of 173 adults observed at age 30 years. These subjects had been followed at annual intervals from age 13 to age 18 years and were remeasured at age 30 years. At each age nine fitness tests were administered together with the recording of anthropometric dimensions, biological maturation, sports participation and family characteristics. Tracking was measured by the inter-age correlations at each age between 13 and 18 years and the performance scores at 30 years. The independent contribution of characteristics observed during adolescence to the explanation of adult fitness was investigated through stepwise multiple regression analysis and discriminant analysis with the adult fitness scores as the dependent variables and the fitness, maturation, anthropometric characteristics, sports participation and family background as the independent variables. Tracking between age 13 and age 30 years was moderately high (46% of variance explained) for flexibility, low to moderate (between 19% and 27% of variance explained) for the other fitness parameters and low for pulse recovery and static strength (7% to 11% of variance explained). Between age 18 and age 30 years the tracking was high for flexibility, moderately high for explosive and static strength, and moderate for the other fitness parameters except for pulse recovery. The amount of variance of adult fitness levels explained increased significantly when other characteristics observed during adolescence entered the regressions or discriminant functions.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)
ISSN: 0301-5548
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Physical Medicine and Revalidation Section (-)
Exercise Physiology Research Group
Research Centre for Sociocultural Kinesiology and Sport Management (-)
Department of Movement Sciences - miscellaneous
Research Centre for the History of Sport and Kinesiology (-)
Policy in Sports & Physical Activity Research Group
Research Group Neurophysiology
Physical Activity, Sports & Health Research Group
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