Physical fitness test

""'A physical fitness test is a test designed to measure physical strength, agility, and endurance. They are commonly employed in educational institutions as part of the physical education curriculum, in medicine as part of diagnostic testing, and as eligibility requirements in fields that focus on physical ability such as military or police. Throughout the 20th century, scientific evidence emerged demonstrating the usefulness of strength training and aerobic exercise in maintaining overall health, and more agencies began to incorporate standardized fitness testing. In the United States, the President's Council on Youth Fitness was established in 1956 as a way to encourage and monitor fitness in schoolchildren. And in 1982, FITNESSGRAM was developed and is mandated by a number of states.

Notable tests

* Singapore's NPFAS; see National Physical Fitness Award
* United States military
**Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT), a test in the U.S. Army
**United States Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test, a test in the U.S. Marine Corps
** Physical Readiness Test, a test in the U.S. Navy
** United States Air Force Fitness Test, a test in the U.S. Air Force
* Work Capacity Test, a test for firefighters

ee also

* Harvard Step Test, a cardiovascular test
* Multi-stage fitness test - aka beep test or shuttle run
* Cooper Test, Used by Law, Military and Fire

External links

* [http://army.pftcalculator.com Army Physical Fitness Test Calculator]
* [http://military.plainfacts.net/air_force_fitness_calculator.php Air Force Physical Fitness Test Calculator]
* [http://usmc.pftcalculator.com US Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test Calculator]
* [http://www.presidentschallenge.org/educators/program_details/physical_fitness_test.aspx President's Council Physical Fitness Test standards]
* [http://www.protectthecity.com/officer_hiringprocess.html Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Video of Physical Ability Test]
* [http://www.isp.state.il.us/employ/fitness.cfm Illinois State Police Physical Fitness Test]
*Cooper Test, The Cooper Institute [http://www.cooperinstitute.org/education/law_enforcement/index.cfm]


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