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Table 1 Descriptive information for full-time officers as a cohort and by %BF groupings

From: Associations between anthropometric characteristics and physical performance in male law enforcement officers: a retrospective cohort study

Measure Cohort Mean ± SD ‘Average’ and below groupb Mean ± SD ‘Above average’ groupb Mean ± SD
n = 76 n = 31 n = 45
Weight (kg) 84.45 ± 12.80 82.82 ± 13.40 85.58 ± 12.40
Chest skinfold (mm) 13.74 ± 5.52 8.77 ± 3.54 17.16 ± 3.77a
Abdominal skinfold (mm) 24.57 ± 8.85 17.74 ± 6.52 29.27 ± 7.00a
Thigh skinfold (mm) 12.72 ± 4.99 10.19 ± 3.26 14.47 ± 5.25a
Sum of skinfolds (mm) 51.01 ± 14.56 36.71 ± 9.03 60.87 ± 7.88a
Estimated body fat (%) 16.89 ± 4.60 12.40 ± 3.21 19.98 ± 2.25a
Estimated lean mass (kg) 70.21 ± 11.45 72.71 ± 12.82 68.48 ± 10.20
Estimated fat mass (kg) 14.24 ± 4.50 10.11 ± 2.66 17.09 ± 3.06a
Push-ups (reps) 55.58 ± 17.35 64.39 ± 16.39 49.51 ± 15.43a
Sit-ups (reps) 41.05 ± 6.96 43.51 ± 6.34 39.32 ± 6.92
Vertical jump height (cm) 61.26 ± 7.96 65.75 ± 7.55 58.17 ± 6.71a
Estimated peak power (w) 5478.38 ± 829.96 5661.33 ± 828.93 5352.34 ± 815.99
Bench press (kg) 93.79 ± 25.91 102.21 ± 27.16 88.00 ± 23.60
Bench press ratio (BPR) 1.10 ± 0.23 1.22 ± 0.23 1.02 ± 0.18a
300 m (secs) 56.03 ± 10.67 52.96 ± 6.26 58.15 ± 12.49
1.5 mile run (min:secs) 12.75 ± 2.30 11.86 ± 1.47 13.37 ± 2.57
Estimated VO2 max (ml.kg.min.-1) 41.31 ± 6.50 43.96 ± 4.36 39.49 ± 7.12
  1. aSignificant difference between groups, with p < .001
  2. bGroups: i) ‘Average and below’ included participants with a %BF of 15.0 % and below for males up to the age of 30 years of age, and 17.0 % and below for males up to 50 years of age, and ii) ‘Above average’ included participants with a %BF above 15.0 % for males up to the age of 30 years of age, and above 17.0 % for males up to 50 years of age [8]