Measurement Agreement (Repeatability) for a countermovement jump protocol using a portable forceplate

Morgan Williams, Elizabeth J Bradshaw, Wayne E Maschette

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This study assessed measurement agreement of jump-height measures derivedfrom a portable forceplate sampling at 500 Hz. Female (n = 42) and male (n =30) participants (total N = 72, age = 19.7 ± 2.8 y, height = 174.5 ± 9.3 cm, mass =71.4 ± 12.8 kg) performed 25 separate maximal jump attempts. This incorporated5 sets of 5 single jumps. One minute of rest was allowed between jump attempts,with a 3-min rest period between sets. For each participant, the best jump heightfor each set of 5 jumps was kept for analysis. No systematic bias was identified,and the best jump height was stable within participants across all 5 sets of jumps.Therefore, factors such as fatigue and learning did not affect the measures. Femalesdid jump lower (P = andlt; .0001) than their male counterparts, justifying additionalanalysis of agreement for the 2 gender groups. Heteroscedasticity was found, soratio limits of agreement (LOAs) were calculated by using the antilog of the logtransformed data. The calculated ratio LOAs were ×/÷ 1.08 for the total group,×/÷ 1.08 for females, and ×/÷ 1.08 for males. From the calculated ratio LOA, thejump protocol was shown to provide stable measures of jump height. In addition,the ratio LOA can be helpful to interpret findings from research that report jumpheight derived from the same protocol and assessing participants from the studiedpopulation (ie, active university-age male, female, or combined-gender groups).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)445 - 448
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2007


  • jump height
  • limits of agreement


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