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Table 2 Health related Fitness characteristics across the age groups

From: Physical capacity of rescue personnel in the mining industry

  Total 20–29 30–39 40–49 50–59
  (n = 79) (n = 28) (n = 31) (n = 16) (n = 4)
Endurance measures      
VO 2 max (ml/kg/min) 42 (8.3) 42 (7.3) 44 (9.4) 37 (5.3) # 40 (11.9)
Abdominal endurance (sit ups/60 sec) 34 (8.8) 35 (7.9) 35 (8.0) 32 (10.6) 22 (9.0)*
Lower back endurance (sec) 117 (56.0) 122 (45.5) 123 (57.0) 97 (69.0) 107 (64.1)
Strength measures      
Abdominal Strength (score 1–7) 3.6 (1.7) 4.4 (1.6) 3.4 (1.5) 3.2 (1.8) 1.5 (0.6)*
Bicep Curl (kg) 44 (9.0) 42 (10.2) 45 (8.9) 45 (7.0) 37 (2.0)
Shoulder Press (kg) 66 (21.4) 71 (26.6) 70 (20.6) 63 (17.8) 48 (9.7)
Seated Row (kg) 134 (34.4) 134 (31.8) 141 (39.5) 127 (29.3) 106 (7.46)
Dead Lift (kg) 163 (46.2) 157 (39.7) 176 (55.6) 148 (35.8) 144 (22.7)
Flexibility measures      
Sit & each (cm) 6.5 (7.4) 5.3 (7.5) 8.3 (7.5) 5.4 (6.4) 3.8 (9.7)
  1. * Significantly different from the 20 – 29 age group (p < 0.05)
  2. # Significantly different from the 30–39 age group (p < 0.05)