The comparison of flexibility and physical characteristics in czech adult population



Year of publication 2014
Type Conference abstract
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Sports Studies

Description The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between flexibility (detected by sit and reach test) and percentage of body fat. The secondary aim was to describe the relationship between flexibility and waist to hip ratio (WHR) and BMI by gender. 1266 subjects of adult (18+) Czech population (581 men and 685 women) participated to this cross sectional study. Pearson correlation coefficients revealed significant relationships (p<0.05) between flexibility (sit and reach test) and %BF (r = -0.133), WHR (r = -0.314), BMI (r = -0.298). However, the coefficient of determination (% BF: r2 = 0,018; WHR: r2 = 0,09; BMI: r2 = 0,088) shows at relatively low size of effect of the relationship between flexibility and selected indicators of obesity. When we looked for a relationship between the degree of obesity and flexibility in men and women, we found that % BF significantly higher determines the flexibility in men than in women (r = 0.406 vs 0.332). For other parameters (BMI and WHR) were correlation with the flexibility lower and similar both sexes (demonstrated statistical significance at p <0.05).

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