Physical Fitness Testing (PFT) via Cooper Institute's FITNESSGRAM
The primary goal of the FITNESSGRAM® is to help students establish physical activity as part of their daily lives. The PFT provides information that can be used by
(1) students to assess and plan personal fitness programs;
(2) teachers to design the curriculum for physical education programs; and
(3) parents and guardians to understand their children’s fitness levels.
This program also provides results that are used to monitor changes in the physical fitness of California students.
FITNESSGRAM® tests the following six fitness areas. Most of these areas have several options.
- Aerobic Capacity
- PACER (Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run)
- One-Mile Run
- Walk Test (only for ages 13 or older)
- Abdominal Strength and Endurance
- Upper Body Strength and Endurance
- Modified Pull-Up
- Flexed-Arm Hang
- Body Composition
- Skinfold Measurements
- Body Mass Index
- Bioelectric Impedance Analyzer
- Trunk Extensor Strength and Flexibility
- Back-Saver Sit and Reach
- Shoulder Stretch
The FITNESSGRAM® uses objective criteria to evaluate performance for each fitness area (e.g., body composition, abdominal strength, and endurance). The Cooper Institute established these criteria using current research and expert opinions. These criteria represent a level of fitness that offers some protection against the diseases associated with physical inactivity.
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