2008 Student Research Conference:
21st Annual Student Research Conference

Inter-Tester Reliability of Skinfold Measurements Among Experienced Investigators
Noelle M. Peterson* and Ali Etemady
Ms. Evonne C. Bird and Dr. Jerry Mayhew, Faculty Mentors

The purpose of this study was to examine inter-tester reliability of skinfold measurements. Four testers with a minimum of 15 years experience each in skinfold testing performed measurements at the chest, abdomen, and thigh sites of 27 non-obese males. For the chest site, testers 2 and 3 were not significantly different, but tester 1 having a significantly lower value (p<0.05) and tester 4 having a significantly higher value. For the abdominal site, testers 3 and 4 were not significantly different but had significantly higher values than testers 1 and 2. For the thigh measurements, only tester 1 was significantly different from tester 4, while testers 2 and 3 were not different. For the sum of 3 skinfolds, tester 4 had a significantly higher value than testers 1, 2, and 3. In conclusion, there were significant differences in the sum of the skinfolds, creating significant differences in the percent body fat.

Keywords: skinfold, inter-tester reliability, body composition

Topic(s):Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 7-20
Location: OP Lobby
Time: 4:15

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