Population-based reference values for the 1-min sit-to-stand test

Alexandra Strassmann, Claudia Steurer-Stey, Kaba Dalla Lana, Marco Zoller, Alexander J. Turk, Paolo Suter, Milo A. Puhan

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Objectives: To determine reference values for the 1-min sit-to-stand (STS) test in an adult population. Methods: Cross-sectional study nested within a nationwide health promotion campaign in Switzerland. Adults performed the STS test and completed questions on demographics and health behavior. Results: 6,926 out of 7,753 (89.3 %) adults were able to complete the STS test. The median number of repetitions ranged from 50/min (25-75th percentile 41-57/min) in young men and 47/min (39-55/min) in young women aged 20-24 years to 30/min (25-37/min) in older men and 27/min (22-30/min) in older women aged 75-79 years. Conclusions: The reference values support the interpretation of 1-min STS test performance and identification of subjects with decreased lower body muscular strength and endurance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)949-953
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Public Health
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Endurance
  • Interpretation
  • Lower body strength
  • Reference values
  • Sit-to-stand test

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health(social science)

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    Strassmann, A., Steurer-Stey, C., Lana, K. D., Zoller, M., Turk, A. J., Suter, P., & Puhan, M. A. (2013). Population-based reference values for the 1-min sit-to-stand test. International Journal of Public Health, 58(6), 949-953. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00038-013-0504-z