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Evaluation of Military strength ability tests based on content validity index.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Sports Medicine.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]


Physical strength ability tests are widely used in the Military branch to evaluate soldiers’ ability to complete occupational tasks, screen for injuries as well as prevent disorders. Five common occupational tasks are identified: lifting, walking while holding an object in your hands, walking with equipment attached to the body, climbing and digging. Unfortunately several physical tests are made on weak scientific bases and therefore the validity of these tests are not known. The purpose of this study is to determine, based on expert opinions on the military tests used by NATO and Sweden which tests that are most relevant for military armed forces.

Method: Eight experts were selected to judge the content validity of 30 strength ability tests.  I-Content Validity Index (I-CVI) was used to calculate the experts’ ratings. The I-CVI described the content validity of each test.

Results: Several commonly used tests were not considered content valid based on the experts judgment. The results also indicated suitable tests for each military task, to be tested in future studies.

Conclusion: The study suggests a lack of valid strength tests for military physical work capacity. Further studies should be made to create an occupation relevant test battery.

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Sport and Fitness Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-56782OAI: diva2:537530
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Study Programme for Sports Science
Available from: 2012-06-27 Created: 2012-06-26 Last updated: 2012-06-27Bibliographically approved

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