Although research supports the feasibility and reliability of health-related physical fitness (HRPF) tests in typically developing children and adolescents, little is known regarding the feasibility and reliability of these tests for those with hearing impairments (HI). The aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility and reliability of a HRPF test battery for children and adolescents with HI. A test–retest design with a one-week interval was conducted with 26 participants with HI (mean age: 12.7 ± 2.8 years; 9 male). The feasibility and reliability of seven field-based HRPF tests (i.e., body mass index, grip strength, standing long jump, vital capacity, long distance run, sit-and-reach, one leg stand) were evaluated. All the tests showed high feasibility (completion rate > 90%). Six tests indicated good to excellent test–retest reliability (all intraclass correlation coefficient [ICC] > 0.75) while the one leg stand test showed poor reliability (ICC = 0.36). Relatively large percentages of standard error of measurement (SEM%) and minimal detectable change (MDC%) were observed in the sit-and-reach test (SEM% = 52.4%, MDC% = 145.2%) and one leg stand test (SEM% = 107.9%, MDC% = 299.2%), whereas the rest of the tests demonstrated reasonable SEM% and MDC% values. Collectively, most of the tests can be feasibly and reliably used to assess HRPF for children and adolescents with HI.
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Original Publication Citation
Huang, J., Yang, J., Haegele, J. A., Wang, L., Chen, S., & Li, C. (2023). Feasibility and reliability of health-related physical fitness tests in children and adolescents with hearing impairment. Children, 10(2), 1-11, Article 353. https://doi.org/10.3390/children10020353
Huang, Jiafu; Yang, Jianmei; Haegele, Justin A.; Wang, Lijuan; Chen, Sitong; and Li, Chunxiao, "Feasibility and Reliability of Health-Related Physical Fitness Tests in Children and Adolescents with Hearing Impairment" (2023). Human Movement Sciences Faculty Publications. 140.