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BioMed Research International
Volume 2018 (2018), Article ID 2802803, 11 pages
Research Article

Criterion-Related Validity of a Simple Muscle Strength Test to Assess Whole Body Muscle Strength in Chinese Children Aged 10 to 12 Years

1Department of Physical Education, Hunan Normal University, Lusan North Road, Changsha, Hunan 410082, China
2Department of Physical Education, Hunan University of Technology, Taishan Road, Zhuzhou, Hunan 412008, China
3Department of Physical Education, Hunan Business College, XiaJiaHu Road, Changsha, Hunan 410089, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Changfa Tang

Received 25 August 2017; Revised 27 November 2017; Accepted 18 December 2017; Published 18 January 2018

Academic Editor: Zan Gao

Copyright © 2018 Liqin Yin et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objective. To study the criterion-related validity of simple muscle strength test (SMST) indicators and assess whole body muscle strength in Chinese children aged 10 to 12 years old. Methods. Two hundred and forty children were equally divided into four groups in different genders and residences. The SMST indicators (hand-grip, knee bent push-up, back muscle strength, sit-up, leg muscle strength, and standing long jump) were tested. We set up the total level of the whole-body muscle strength () through testing isokinetic muscle strength of the six joints’ flexion and extension movements. Pearson correlation analyses were used to analyze the correlation between the SMST indicators and the . Results. Leg muscle strength and back muscle strength demonstrated the highest validity scores. Sit-ups, hand grip, and standing long jump demonstrated the lowest validity scores. Leg muscle strength had the highest validity for males, but back muscle strength had the highest validity for females. Conclusions. Back muscle strength and leg muscle strength can give the highest validity of assessing whole body muscle strength, and also has higher validity in both the urban and rural children. For urban children, but not rural, the knee bent push-up also has a high validity indicator.