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Consensus on measurement properties and feasibility of performance tests for the exercise and sport sciences: a Delphi study

Robertson, Sam, Kremer, Peter, Aisbett, Brad, Tran, Jacqueline and Cerin, Ester 2017, Consensus on measurement properties and feasibility of performance tests for the exercise and sport sciences: a Delphi study, Sports medicine - open, vol. 3, pp. 1-10, doi: 10.1186/s40798-016-0071-y.

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Title Consensus on measurement properties and feasibility of performance tests for the exercise and sport sciences: a Delphi study
Author(s) Robertson, Sam
Kremer, Peter
Aisbett, BradORCID iD for Aisbett, Brad orcid.org/0000-0001-8077-0272
Tran, Jacqueline
Cerin, Ester
Journal name Sports medicine - open
Volume number 3
Article ID 2
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Publisher Springer Open
Place of publication Heidelberg, Germany
Publication date 2017
ISSN 2198-9761
Keyword(s) performance tests
sports testing
reliability
validity
responsiveness
assessment
Delphi
Summary BACKGROUND: Performance tests are used for multiple purposes in exercise and sport science. Ensuring that a test displays an appropriate level of measurement properties for use within a population is important to ensure confidence in test findings.
The aim of this study was to obtain subject matter expert consensus on the measurement and feasibility properties that should be considered for performance tests used in the exercise and sport sciences and how these should be defined. This information was used to develop a checklist for broader dissemination.

METHODS: A two-round Delphi study was undertaken including 33 exercise scientists, academics and sport scientists. Participants were asked to rate the importance of a range of measurement properties relevant to performance tests in exercise and sport science. Responses were obtained in binary and Likert-scale formats, with consensus defined as achieving 67% agreement on each question.

RESULTS: Consensus was reached on definitions and terminology for all items. Ten level 1 items (those that achieved consensus on all four questions) and nine level 2 items (those achieving consensus on ≥2 questions) were included. Both levels were included in the final checklist.

CONCLUSIONS: The checklist developed from this study can be used to inform decision-making and test selection for practitioners and researchers in the exercise and sport sciences. This can facilitate knowledge sharing and performance comparisons across sub-disciplines, thereby improving existing field practice and research methodological quality.
Language eng
DOI 10.1186/s40798-016-0071-y
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2017, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30091579

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