Scope of Reliability in Anthropometric Measurement: A contribution for the Staggering of the Undergraduate Competency Formation, a Pilot Experience

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Rodrigo Muñoz Cofré; Mariano del Sol; Francisca Villagrán Silva; Pablo A. Lizana; Gabriel Nasri Marzuca-Nassr & Máximo Escobar Cabello


The aim of the present investigation was to determine the reliability level of the anthropometric measurements related to the thorax performed by an undergraduate student in kinesiology (ELK) comparing them with those of an expert anthropometrist (AE). The process consisted of the staging of competencies divided into three stages: i) development of theoretical and practical skills, ii) Determine the idea of research and construction of its theoretical framework and iii) acquisition of reliability, the ELK carried out this exercise in relation to the AE International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry (ISAK) II. For this point, five participants were recruited, which were randomized and measured by both evaluators. The diameters, perimeters and folds related to the thorax were recorded using the ISAK protocols, to calculate the technical error of the measurement (ETM) and the correlation coefficient of Lin's concordance (CCC). The ETM was accepted for diameters, perimeters and folds, except for the bicipital fold value, which showed a 5.60 %. The relationship strength was moderate to substantial in perimeters and folds and poor in the diameters between the ELK and the AE. In conclusion, the ETM was found within the permitted ranges except for the bicipital fold. However, ELK showed a moderate to substantial level of agreement in perimeters and folds and poor in chest diameters in relation to AE.

KEY WORDS: Competence; Reliability; Anthropometry; Thorax.

How to cite this article

MUÑOZ, C. R.; DEL SOL, M.; VILLAGRÁN, S. F.; LIZANA, P. A.; NASRI, M. G. & ESCOBAR, C. M. Scope of reliability in anthropometric measurement: A contribution for the staggering of the undergraduate competency formation, a pilot experience. Int. J. Morphol., 36(4):1298-1304, 2018.