Extended Reference Values for the Muscle Power Sprint Test in 6-to 18-Year-Old Children

Katie Steenman, Olaf Verschuren, Eugene Rameckers, Danielle Douma-van Riet, Tim Takken*

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Purpose: The first aim was to extend the reference values and curves of the Muscle Power Sprint Test (MPST) in children with typical development. The second aim was to examine test/retest and intertester reliability of the MPST. Methods: A total of 683 children aged 6 to 18 years (mean = 11.9 +/- 3.8 years) were tested on the MPST. Test/retest reliability was examined in 71 children and intertester reliability in 77 children. MPST scores were merged with existing values and transformed into height-related normative reference curves. Results: Sex-specific MPST curves were generated for children aged 6 to 18 years. Test/retest reliability was good (intraclass correlation coefficient = 0.90) and intertester reliability was excellent (intraclass correlation coefficient = 0.97). Conclusions: New and more complete MPST normative reference values and curves for children from 6 to 18 years old are now available. The MPST is easy and reliably performed by clinicians.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-84
JournalPediatric physical therapy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2016


  • adolescent
  • child
  • exercise test/methods
  • exercise test/standards
  • exercise tolerance/physiology
  • female
  • humans
  • male
  • muscle strength/physiology
  • reference values
  • reliability
  • running physiology

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