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Students’ attitudes towards and experiences of the youth-fit health related fitness test battery

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dc.contributor.author O'Keeffe, Brendan T.
dc.contributor.author MacDonncha, Ciaran
dc.contributor.author Donnelly, Alan Edward
dc.date.accessioned 2020-06-18T10:15:33Z
dc.date.available 2020-06-18T10:15:33Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/8936
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract The aim of this study was to examine secondary school students’ attitudes towards and experiences of a student-centred health-related fitness test battery. A total of 795 adolescents (403 boys, 50.7%; 392 girls, 49.3%) aged 13.2 years (±0.39) from 20 secondary schools in the Republic of Ireland participated in the study. Schools were stratified for gender, location and educational (dis)advantage. Students completed the test battery in small groups (n = ≤6) and each test item was administered by a trained senior student facilitator. Testing took place during physical education lessons. Test items included: body mass index; 20 m shuttle run; back-saver sit and reach; hand-grip strength; standing long jump; isometric plank-hold; 90° push-up; 4×10 m shuttle run; and blood pressure. Following participation in the test battery, students completed an instrument with valid scores for measuring attitudes towards fitness tests. Students’ experiences of each test item were also analysed. Overall, students had a positive attitude towards fitness testing (M = 3.9, ±0.59) on a five-point Likert scale ranging from 1 (strongly disagree) to 5 (strongly agree). Although both positive, the mean attitude score for boys (M = 4.05, ±0.59) was significantly higher than girls (M = 3.79, ±0.59; p < 0.01, t-test). Most students (n = 690, 86.8%) agreed or strongly agreed that the senior student facilitator made it easier for them to perform the tests. In conclusion, students had positive attitudes towards and experiences of the Youth-fit test battery. Physical education teachers should consider implementing a small-group and senior student-facilitated approach when administering fitness tests. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher SAGE Publications en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries European Physical Education Review;
dc.relation.uri https://doi.org/10.1177/1356336X20917416
dc.subject adolescents en_US
dc.subject monitoring en_US
dc.subject health en_US
dc.subject physical fitness en_US
dc.subject student-centred en_US
dc.title Students’ attitudes towards and experiences of the youth-fit health related fitness test battery en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1177/1356336X20917416
dc.contributor.sponsor IRC en_US
dc.relation.projectid GOIPG/2017/789 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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