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Prediction of results of obstacle course for assessment of specific abilities of police officers based on morphological characteristics and basic motoric abilities
Criminology and Police Academy, Belgrade
Keywords: obstacle course; specific motoric abilities; testing; police
Abstract
The goal of the research was to determine whether it is possible to make a prediction of the level of efficiency of realization of the obstacle course for assessment of specific abilities of police officers (OC_SAPO1) based on their morphological characteristics and basic motoric abilities (BMA). A total of 145 subjects took part in the research, divided into sub-specimen on the account of their gender (99 men of an average age of 28.1±6.1 and 46 women of an average age of 25.5±3.8). The specific motoric ability of the police officers was defined by the level of the OC_SAPO1 realization efficiency. Morphological characteristics (body height, body mass, BMI, body fat mass and skeletal muscle mass as well as their relative values) were determined by multichannel bioelectrical impedance (InBody 720). BMA were assessed by a battery of tests which comprised of: maximal isometric force of the left and right hand finger flexors, maximal isometric force of back and legs extensors and their rate of force development, standing long jump, Abalac jump test, time for 15 push-ups, maximal number of pull-ups, number of sit-ups with trunk rotation in 30 seconds, sprint over 30 meters, shuttle run 300 yards test, Cooper running test and Illinois agility test. The correlation between the dependent and independent variables was calculated by using the method of linear regression (backward method). All statistical analysis was realized with the help of statistic software program: SPSS for windows, R. 22.0. The research demonstrated that the result defining specific abilities in police officers can be predicted on the basis of their morphological characteristics and BMA. The obtained results indicate that the OC_SAPO1 realization efficiency, beside the level of development of specific motoric skills, depends on morphological characteristics and BMA development level as well.
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