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A comparison of three agility tests with male servicemembers: Edgren Side Step Test, T-Test, and Illinois Agility Test.

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A comparison of three agility tests with male servicemembers: Edgren Side Step Test, T-Test, and Illinois Agility Test

Michele A. Raya, PhD, PT, SCS, ATC; Robert S. Gailey, PhD, PT; Ignacio A. Gaunaurd, PhD, MSPT; LTC Daniel M. Jayne, MPT, OCS; MAJ (Ret) Stuart M. Campbell, MPT; Erica Gagne, DPT; Patrick G. Manrique, DPT; Daniel G. Muller, DPT; Christen Tucker, DPT

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Aim

    • Establish reliability and convergent construct validity of Edgren Side Step Test (ESST), T-Test, and Illinois Agility Test (IAT) in young, nondisabled, physically active male servicemembers (SMs).
  • Relevance
    • Performance-based outcomes have been used to assess agility in athletes and nonathletes.
      • However, reliability and validity have not been established.
method
Method
  • 97 male Active Duty U.S. Army SMs completed ESST, T-Test, and IAT twice within 24–48 h.
results
Results
  • No significant differences between ESST (p = 0.10), T-Test (p = 0.09), and IAT (p = 0.23).
  • Reliability:
    • Excellent interrater.
    • Moderate to good test-retest.
  • Relationship between tests:
    • Good positive between IAT and T-Test (r = 0.76, p < 0.001).
    • Moderate negative between ESST and both T-Test (r = –0.69, p < 0.001) and IAT (r = –0.65, p < 0.001).
conclusion
Conclusion
  • These tests are valid measures of agility.
  • They uniquely assess movement in different planes, thus providing a comprehensive assessment of high-level mobility.
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