International Journal of Exercise Science 11(4): 1063-1073, 2018. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationships between tests incorporated into a physical assessment battery (PAT) for a law enforcement (LEA) to determine if there were redundancies (i.e. tests measuring the same qualities). A retrospective analysis of 226 recruits (196 males, 30 females) was conducted. The PAT consisted of: maximal push-ups and sit-ups completed in 60 s; a 75-yard pursuit run (75PR); maximal revolutions completed on an arm ergometer in 60 s; and a 2.4 km run. A one-way ANOVA (p<0.05) determined if there were significant differences in the PAT data between the sexes. Pearson’s correlations (p<0.05) calculated relationships between each of the tests within the PAT, and males and females were analyzed separately. Further, tests that could potentially measure similar qualities, including upper-body endurance (push-ups/arm ergometer), abdominal endurance (push-ups/sit-ups), and aerobic fitness (arm ergometer/2.4 km run) were investigated further with one-sample t-tests to determine agreement. Males performed better than the females in all tests (p≤0.017). There were significant correlations between assessments for both males and females (e.g. push-ups, sit-ups and arm ergometer, 75PR and sit-ups, arm ergometer and 2.4 km run), but the strength of these relationships was small-to-moderate. The one-sample t-tests for the selected comparisons (push-ups/arm ergometer; push-ups/sit-ups; arm ergometer/2.4 km run), for males and females were all significant (p<0.001), which meant the test pairs did not agree. The results indicate that if a LEA uses these tests in a PAT, they can do so knowing they are measuring five relatively distinct physical qualities.
Cesario, Karly; Dulla, Joe; Blood Good, Ashley; Moreno, Matthew R.; Dawes, J. Jay; and Lockie, Robert G.
"Relationships between Assessments in a Physical Ability Test for Law Enforcement: Is There Redundancy in Certain Assessments?,"
International Journal of Exercise Science: Vol. 11
4, Pages 1063 - 1073.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/ijes/vol11/iss4/22