Five Times Sit-To-Stand test completion times among older women: Influence of seat height and arm position

Sheung Mei Shamay Ng, Susanna Y. Cheung, Lauren S.W. Lai, Ann S.L. Liu, Selena H.I. Ieong, Shirley S.M. Fong

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Objective: To investigate the interaction of seat height and arm position with completion times for the Five Times Sit-To-Stand test (FTSTS) in older women. Design: Cross-sectional study. Setting: University-based rehabilitation centre. Subjects: Thirty-three women (mean age 61.8 years, standard deviation 5.3) participated in this cross-sectional study. Methods: Time taken to complete the FTSTS with different seat heights (85%, 100% and 115% of knee height) and arm positions (arms across chest, or hands on thighs) was measured with a stopwatch. Results: FTSTS completion times differed significantly between seat heights of 85% and 115% knee height and between seat heights of 100% and 115% knee height for both arm positions. There was no significant difference between FTSTS completion times for the 2 arm positions at any seat height. Conclusion: A lower seat height resulted in longer FTSTS completion times in women over 55 years of age, whereas arm position did not significantly affect FTSTS completion times.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)262-266
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Rehabilitation Medicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • Female
  • Rehabilitation
  • Sit-to-stand

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation

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