Fitness test profiles in children aged 8-12 years old in Granada (Spain)


  • Mar Cepero University of Granada, Spain
  • Ricardo López University of Granada, Spain
  • Concepción Suárez-Llorca University of Alicante, Spain
  • Eliseo Andreu-Cabrera University of Alicante, Spain
  • Francisco Javier Rojas University of Granada, Spain



Body composition, Physical fitness, Health, EUROFIT, Childhood


The aim of this study was to determine the effects of physical education in body composition and health-related fitness among boys and girls aged 8 to 12 years old in Granada (Spain) in a longitudinal, randomized study of 5 months. 106 children (49 boys and 57 girls) between 8 and 12 years old completed the study. They were healthy students of the public schools and no history of formal exercise training. Subjects were tested (body composition and health-related fitness, measured by EUROFIT) at baseline and at week 20. After 5 months of study, girls showed more fat mass than boys (p < 0.05) and boys was more height than girls (p < 0.05). Health-related fitness showed differences by gender only in slalom (boys vs. girls (p < 0.05)). The results of body composition and health-related fitness revealed that the physical activity at school is not sufficient to support an ideal level of health-related fitness.


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Cepero, M., López, R., Suárez-Llorca, C., Andreu-Cabrera, E., & Rojas, F. J. (2011). Fitness test profiles in children aged 8-12 years old in Granada (Spain). Journal of Human Sport and Exercise, 6(1), 135–145.



Physical Education / Children & Exercise