Development and reliability of an athlete introductory movement screen for use in emerging junior athletes

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Pediatric Exercise Science


Human Kinetics Publishers Inc.


School of Medical and Health Sciences




Rogers, S. A., Hassmén, P., Roberts, A. H., Alcock, A., Gilleard, W. L., & Warmenhoven, J. S. (2019). Development and reliability of an athlete introductory movement screen for use in emerging junior athletes. Pediatric Exercise Science, 31(4), 448-457. https://doi.org/10.1123/pes.2018-0244


Purpose: A novel 4-task Athlete Introductory Movement Screen was developed and tested to provide an appropriate and reliable movement screening tool for youth sport practitioners. Methods: The overhead squat, lunge, push-up, and a prone brace with shoulder touches were selected based on previous assessments. A total of 28 mixed-sport junior athletes (18 boys and 10 girls; mean age = 15.7 [1.8] y) completed screening after viewing standardized demonstration videos. Athletes were filmed performing 8 repetitions of each task and assessed retrospectively by 2 independent raters using a 3-point scale. The primary rater reassessed the footage 3 weeks later. A subgroup (n = 11) repeated the screening 7 days later, and a further 8 athletes were reassessed 6 months later. Intraclass correlation coefficients (ICC), typical error (TE), coefficient of variation (CV%), and weighted kappa (k) were used in reliability analysis. Results: For the Athlete Introductory Movement Screen 4-task sum score, intrarater reliability was high (ICC = .97; CV = 2.8%), whereas interrater reliability was good (intraclass correlation coefficient = .88; CV = 5.6%). There was a range of agreement from fair to almost perfect (k = .31-.89) between raters across individual movements. A 7-day and 6-month test-retest held good reliability and acceptable CVs (≤ 10%) for sum scores. Conclusion: The 4-task Athlete Introductory Movement Screen appears to be a reliable tool for profiling emerging athletes. Reliability was strongest within the same rater; it was lower, yet acceptable, between 2 raters. Scores can provide an overview of appropriate movement competencies, helping practitioners assess training interventions in the athlete development pathway. © 2019 Human Kinetics, Inc.



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