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Table 1 Summary table of CAPL protocols

From: The relationship between physical literacy scores and adherence to Canadian physical activity and sedentary behaviour guidelines


Protocol [ref]




Physical Competence

Plank [10]

Hold prone plank position for long as possible, to measure torso muscular endurance and strength


Nearest 0.1 s

PACER 15 m/20 m [11]

Run as many laps as possible, to measure aerobic fitness


Total laps recorded

Handgrip strength [12]

Squeeze dynamometer with each hand twice, to provide an indication of upper-body strength


Best score from each hand combined

Sit and reach [12]

Seated with shoes removed, legs straight and bent forward with one hand over the other, to measure hamstring and trunk flexibility


Highest value from two trials recorded

CAMSA [13]

Measures the quality and speed of fundamental movement skills and complex movement skills

sec and criteria

Highest value from two trials recorded

Height [8]

Footwear removed and height measured with a portable dynamometer


Units recorded

Weight [8]

Footwear removed and weight measured with digital scale


Units recorded

Waist circumference [8]

Measured at the mid-axillary line just above the iliac crest


Units recorded

Daily Behaviour

Pedometer [14, 15]

Worn for 7 days for a minimum of 10 h/day, to determine physical activity guideline adherence


Days meeting guidelines recorded

Screen time [16]

Self-reported, to measure weekday and weekend screen time for sedentary behaviour


Days meeting guidelines recorded

Knowledge and Understanding

PA questionnaire [17]

Comprehension of healthy living principles based on PHE curricula


Questionnaire items scored

Motivation and Confidence

Questionnaire [18, 19]

Level of adequacy and predilection in relation to PA; benefits and barriers to PA also measured.


Questionnaire items scored

  1. CAMSA Canadian Agility and Movement Skill Assessment; CAPL Canadian Assessment of Physical Literacy; cm Centimetre; hrs Hours; kg Kilogram; PA Physical activity; PACER Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run; PHE Physical health and education; Ref Reference; sec Seconds