Associations between the self-estimated and actual physical fitness scores of Finnish Grade 6 students

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Huotari, Pertti , Saakslahti, Arja and Watt, Anthony P (2009) Associations between the self-estimated and actual physical fitness scores of Finnish Grade 6 students. Facta Universitatis - Series: Physical Education and Sport, 7 (1). pp. 27-36. ISSN 1451-740X


The purpose of this study was to examine if Grade 6 students were able to estimate and appraise their own physical fitness. The participants (N = 48, 20 girls and 28 boys) completed a three item self-report questionnaire to estimate their physical fitness levels (i.e., high, average, low) in relation to objectively assessed endurance, strength, and flexibility fitness levels. Significant correlations were found between selfestimation of endurance and 1500m/2000m running time (r = -.69); self-estimation of strength and composite strength scores (standing long jump, sit-ups and shoulder hang/pull-ups) (r = -.71); and self-estimation of flexibility and sit and reach scores (r = -.50). ANOVA results revealed significant differences between the high, average, and low self-estimated fitness groups in actual endurance, strength, and flexibility fitness scores. In all cases, the high self-estimation group demonstrated higher scores on the corresponding objective measures. The results clearly indicated that Grade 6 have acquired sufficient skills to competently undertake self-assessments of their fitness.

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Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Education
Historical > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Historical > SEO Classification > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Keywords ResPubID18904, ResPubID18939, children, physical fitness, self-assessment, elementary school
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