Physical fitness is an important marker for health. In this study we investigated the feasibility and reliability of health-related physical fitness tests in children with moderate to severe levels of intellectual disability. Thirty-nine children (2-18 yrs) performed tests for muscular strength and endurance, the modified 6-minute walk test (6mwt) for cardiorespiratory fitness, and body composition tests, and 30-97% of the tests were successfully completed. Short-term test-retest reliability of all tests was good (Intraclass Correlation Coefficient [ICC]>.8), long-term test-retest reliability was good for most tests (ICC>.7), but low ICCs were found for most strength tests. Measuring body composition and cardiorespiratory fitness is feasible and reliable. Measuring muscle endurance is fairly feasible and reliable.

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Keywords Children, Intellectual disability, Physical fitness tests, Reliability
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1352/1944-7558-122.5.422, hdl.handle.net/1765/101724
Journal American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Citation
Wouters, M. (Marieke), Van Der Zanden, A.M. (Anna M.), Evenhuis, H.M, & Hilgenkamp, T.I.M. (2017). Feasibility and reliability of tests measuring health-related physical fitness in children with moderate to severe levels of intellectual disability. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 122(5), 422–438. doi:10.1352/1944-7558-122.5.422