Journal of Human Sport and Exercise

Proposal of normative values for the physical evaluation of police officers

Juan Pablo Mantilla-Rodríguez, Perla Lizeth Hernández-Cortés, María-Cristina Enríquez-Reyna, Luis Enrique Carranza-Garcia



Several studies have reported the application of inappropriate assessment protocols to assess physical fitness in police officers (PO) unvalidated cut-off points for this specific group were used. The aim is to propose specific normative values obtained from the application of a battery of physical tests. In addition, the contribution of age, body mass index, and waist perimeter on the results was also evaluated. We performed a descriptive-analytical study in male PO 20 to 39 years of age who participated in a promotion process. Physical fitness was evaluated with handgrip strength, agility test, the Abalakov vertical jump, and a 1000-meter run. The sample included 828 PO with a mean age of 29.90 ± 4.69 years. A percentile classification of the physical tests evaluated is presented as a proposal of normative values for this group. The mean of handgrip strength was 43.97 kg (SD = 5.64); the agility test was performed in 12.11 seconds (SD = 1.11); lower body power was 32.07 cm (SD = 4.74) and the maximum respiratory capacity estimated was 45.34 ml/kg/min (SD = 3.47). Age, body mass index and waist circumference explained 28% of the variance of the maximum respiratory capacity (p < .01). The data can be used as a reference for specific decision-making during PO assessment.


Occupational health; Fitness testing; Personnel selection; Agility; Muscular strength


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