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Revista Brasileira de Cineantropometria & Desempenho Humano

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CYRINO, Edilson Serpeloni et al. Comparison between two motor tests used for muscular strength/endurance analysis in young women. Rev. bras. cineantropom. desempenho hum. [online]. 2013, vol.15, n.3, pp.315-325. ISSN 1980-0037.

The aim of this study was to compare motor performance in modified pull-up (MPU) and flexed knee push-up (FKPU) tests in young women. Thirty-five apparently healthy women (20.1±2.2 years) were submitted to each one of the tests at an interval of 48 hours in a random balanced design. Most individuals performed between 0 and 10 repetitions (86%) of the MPU test, and approximately 17% did not perform even one repetitions. On the other hand, the highest prevalence of outcomes for the FKPU test was between 16 and 35 repetitions (71%). The Wilcoxon test identified statistically significant differences (p<0.01) on motor performance in the tests analyzed (FKPU > MPU). A moderate agreement (kappa =0.40) was found between the performance in both tests. Negative correlations of low magnitude (r=-0.23 to 0.46) were found between morphological variables (body weight, height, fat mass, and lean body mass) and motor performance in both tests. The results suggest that the FKPU test is presented as a better indicator of muscular endurance levels, whereas the MPU test seems to better discriminate muscular strength in young women.

Keywords : Evaluation; Exercise test; Physical exercise; Physical exertion; Physical fitness.

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