Validity and Reliability of Timed Up and Go Test on Dynamic Balance in 3-5 Years Old Preschool ChildrenLei Y1*, Lam CKY2, Lam MHS2, Peake R2, Wong ASW3, Flint SW4, Lee KY5, Li WHC6 and Ho E6
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- Lei Y
School of Physical Education
University of Jinan, Shandong, China
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Received date: April 26, 2017; Accepted date: June 15, 2017; Published date: June 22, 2017
Citation: Lei Y, Lam CKY, Lam MHS, Peake R, Wong ASW, et al. (2017) Validity and Reliability of Timed Up and Go Test on Dynamic Balance in 3-5 Years Old Preschool Children. J Yoga Phys Ther 7:266. doi:10.4172/2157-7595.1000266
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Objective: The purpose of this study was to investigate the validity and reliability of the Timed Up and Go Test (TUG) among normal 3-5 years old preschool children in Hong Kong. Methods: Cross-sectional design was applied to this study. Sixty (30 female, 30 male) preschool children aged from 3 to 5 years old (mean age=4.22 ± 0.85) from local normal preschool was recruited using convenient sampling to perform three dynamic balance tests: Timed Up and Go Test (TUG), Star Excursion Balance Test (SEBT) and the Pediatric Balance Scale Test (PBS). A simple self-administrative questionnaire survey was also conducted with their parents. Results: Positive correlation (r=0.74, p<0.05) was found between TUG results obtained at two time points when assessing the test-retest reliability. Moderated negative correlations were found between TUG and SEBT or PBS, which indicated children with longer reaching distance or higher PBS score tend to use shorter time to complete TUG. Conclusion: TUG was a valid and reliable tool for assessing dynamic balance of preschool children aged between 3 and 5 years old. This can also be used for screening or early detection of developmental coordination disorder (DCD) for children aged 6 years old or younger.