CORRELATION OF ANTHROPOMETRIC INDICATORS AND MUSCULOSKELETAL FITNESS IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AGED CHILDREN

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Eka Roina Megawati, Lokot Donna Lubis, Nuraiza Meutia

Handgrip strength and standing long jump are one of the health related fitness components that measure the musculoskeletal fitness. The more active children will perform the better the physical fitness. On the other hand, the nutritional status also determines the health conditions. The aim of this study was to determine the correlation of anthropometric indicators and musculoskeletal fitness among elementary school age children. This study included 50 children (23 boys and 27 girls), aged between 7 to 11 years old, recruited from elementary school in Medan, Indonesia. The nutritional status that were measured are weight, height, body mass index, waist circumference, waist to height ratio, fat percentage, biceps, triceps and subscapular skinfold thickness. The anthropometric indicators that are strongly determinant factors handgrip strength are age, weight, BMI, fat percentage, biceps, and triceps skinfold thickness. Meanwhile, for the standing long jump are the waist circumference, weight and triceps skinfold thickness.

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