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Table 2 MSMF–status and normative values

From: Normative values for musculoskeletal- and neuromotor fitness in apparently healthy Norwegian adults and the association with obesity: a cross-sectional study

Test Age group (years) Number Females Number Males Gender diff. p-value
Mean ± SD Q1–Q3 Mean ± SD Q1–Q3
Static back extension SBE
(sec)
All ages 338 90.9 ± 49.5 58.0–120.0 360 74.3 ± 38.3** 52.0–96.8 **
20.0–29.9 36 101.1 ± 41.9 63.8–124.8 39 86.0 ± 37.0 58.0–120.0 NS
30.0–39.9 73 110.6 ± 49.3 68.5–142.5 78 84.5 ± 30.9** 60.8–107.0 **
40.0–49.9 101 83.4 ± 42.7 57.5–110.0 96 76.0 ± 41.4 50.3–90.0 NS
50.0–59.9 85 82.8 ± 54.7 43.9–111.5 94 66.6 ± 33.6* 48.0–80.5 *
60.0–64.9 43 82.3 ± 51.3 45.0–110.0 53.0 61.1 ± 45.0* 32.5–77.5 *
Handgrip strength HGS
(kg)
All ages 347 32.1 ± 6.0 28.0–36.0 375 54.8 ± 9.5** 48.0–60.0 **
20.0–29.9 36 33.4 ± 6.0 29.3–39.0 40 58.0 ± 10.3** 51.0–64.0 **
30.0–39.9 73 33.8 ± 6.0 30.0–38.0 78 58.8 ± 9.6** 52.0–64.0 **
40.0–49.9 104 33.1 ± 5.6 30.0–36.0 100 55.8 ± 8.1** 50.0–61.0 **
50.0–59.9 89 30.7 ± 6.1 27.0–34.0 102 53.4 ± 7.8** 48.0–59.0 **
60.0–64.9 45 28.8 ± 5.2 25.0–32.0 55 47.9 ± 9.8** 42.0–55.0 **
One leg standing summed OLSsum
(max 120 s)
All ages 349 57.4 ± 22.7 44.5–68.0 374 55.7 ± 22.9 42.0–67.0 NS
20.0–29.9 37 72.7 ± 23.4 63.5–76.5 40 66.4 ± 13.4 62.3–74.5 NS
30.0–39.9 73 67.5 ± 19.7 64.0–74.0 78 66.6 ± 16.2 63.0–72.53 NS
40.0–49.9 103 58.9 ± 17.2 55.0–68.0 100 60.2 ± 21.5 62.0–68.8 NS
50.0–59.9 89 50.7 ± 21.7 34.0–66.0 101 50.3 ± 21.2 34.0–64.0 NS
60.0–64.9 47 39.5 ± 23.2 15.0–63.5 55 33.8 ± 24.2 11.0–63.0 NS
Modified push-ups MPU
(no/40 s)
All ages 150 8.5 ± 4.3 6.0–11.3 342 12.1 ± 4.7** 9.0–15.0 **
20.0–29.9 23 10.3 ± 4.2 7.0–13.0 39 14.2 ± 3.2** 12.0–16.0 **
30.0–39.9 44 9.5 ± 4.4 7.0–13.0 75 14.3 ± 5.0** 11.0–17.0 **
40.0–49.9 47 7.7 ± 3.9 6.0–10.0 96 12.6 ± 4.7** 9.0–16.0 **
50.0–59.9 25 7.8 ± 4.5 5.0–10.5 90 10.5 ± 4.0* 8.0–13.0 *
60.0–64.9 11 5.1 ± 3.0 2.0–7.0 42 8.4 ± 3.4* 6.0–10.0 *
Modified push-ups on knees MPUK
(no/40 s)
All ages 196 7.9 ± 4.4 5.0–11.0 - - - -
20.0–29.9 14 6.6 ± 5.2 0.0–11.5 - - - -
30.0–39.9 32 8.9 ± 4.2 6.3–11.8 - - - -
40.0–49.9 56 9.0 ± 4.9 6.0–12.0 - - - -
50.0–59.9 61 7.3 ± 4.0 5.0–10.0 - - - -
60.0–64.9 33 6.8 ± 3.6 4.0–9.0 - - - -
Sit and reach SR
(cm)
All ages 348 24.3 ± 13.2 17.3–33.9 373 18.9 ± 12.0** 11.0–28.0 **
20.0–29.9 37 24.4 ± 14.8 19.0–33.8 40 20.8 ± 11.0 15.0–28.4 NS
30.0–39.9 73 29.0 ± 14.3 22.0–38.5 78 21.1 ± 12.2** 13.0–31.6 **
40.0–49.9 103 22.3 ± 13.1 15.0–31.5 100 20.2 ± 12.6 10.6–30.4 NS
50.0–59.9 88 23.8 ± 10.6 16.0–30.9 100 16.5 ± 11.8** 8.0–25.5 **
60.0–64.9 47 22.1 ± 13.1 14.5–32.0 55 16.8 ± 10.9* 9.0–25.0 *
Back scratch BSC
(cm)
All ages 343 −2.3 ± 8.5 −7.5–4.3 366 −8.1 ± 11.2** −15-5–0.0 **
20.0–29.9 37 1.1 ± 7.8 −3.9–6.4 40 −0.2 ± 8.9 −3.9–4.8 NS
30.0–39.9 71 1.8 ± 8.0 −1.5–7.0 77 −3.1 ± 10.0** −8.5–3.7 **
40.0–49.9 101 −2.2 ± 8.7 −7.8–3.9 98 −7.7 ± 10.2** −15.1–(−0.5) **
50.0–59.9 87 −5.2 ± 7.2 −9.0–0.0 99 −11.0 ± 10.0** −18.5–(−4.5) **
60.0–64.9 47 −5.8 ± 8.0 −11.0–0.0 52 −16.6 ± 10.9** −23.0–(−9.8) **
Vertical jump VJ
(cm)^
All ages 237 24.7 ± 7.1 20.0–29.2 247 38.0 ± 8.5** 32.0–45.0 **
20.0–29.9 16 29.8 ± 5.8 25.5–32.8 25 44.7 ± 9.1** 40.8–49.5 **
30.0–39.9 50 29.8 ± 6.4 26.0–34.0 51 43.1 ± 7.4** 38.5–48.0 **
40.0–49.9 84 25.8 ± 6.1 22.0–29.5 69 38.6 ± 7.5** 34.8–43.5 **
50.0–59.9 57 20.7 ± 5.6 16.5–24.3 69 35.9 ± 6.1** 31.5–39.0 **
60.0–64.9 30 18.6 ± 5.3 15.6–23.3 33 28.4 ± 5.4** 24.3–31.5 **
Explosive power on power platform EPP
(cm)^
All ages 191 19.5 ± 5.1 15.9–23.0 191 29.3 ± 7.2** 24.1–34.4 **
20.0–29.9 23 24.2 ± 3.7 21.8–26.4 24 36.2 ± 4.8** 33.6–39.3 **
30.0–39.9 39 22.1 ± 4.7 19.9–24.8 37 34.3 ± 5.8** 30.6–38.3 **
40.0–49.9 55 19.7 ± 4.1 17.4–22.7 51 29.5 ± 6.2** 23.8–32.6 **
50.0–59.9 50 17.1 ± 3.8 14.1–20.1 52 26.3 ± 5.7** 22.6–30.1 **
60.0–64.9 24 15.4 ± 5.4 11.0–17.4 27 21.8 ± 4.3** 18.1–24.7 **
  1. Normative values for all the MSMF scores displayed by test, age group, number (n), mean ± standard deviation (SD), quartile 1 (Q1) and quartile 3 (Q3)
  2. - too few cases for further analysis (n for all ages = 21), *p < 0.05 for gender differences, **p < 0.001 for gender differences, NS Not statistically significant
  3. ^ Vertical jump and explosive power on a power platform were only conducted at selected test-centers due to availability of resources and equipment