Claudio Gil S. Araujo, Claudia Lucia B Castro, Joao Felipe, C. Franca and Denise SMS Araujo

The sitting–rising test (SRT) was developed in the 1990s as a simple and safe tool to simultaneously evaluate all the major non-aerobic components of physical fitness – muscle strength/power, flexibility, balance and body composition. Earlier studies have shown a very high interobserver SRT reliability and that both body weight and mobility of joints were influential on SRT performance. SRT has also been studied and used by other research groups. A recent epidemiological study showed that SRT score is strongly associated with all-cause mortality in subjects aged 51 to 80 years. Over the last years, SRT has become very popular in the media, reaching both health professionals and the general public. However, in order to foster SRT use in clinical practice and considering that SRT scores tend to diminish with aging, reference values according to age are required for the correct interpretation of SRT scoring. The aim of this research letter is to propose sex- and age-reference SRT scores for non-athlete adults.

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