Fitness testing provides a series of measurements which help determine the health status and physical fitness of an individual. Tests measure specific things like strength, stamina, speed, power and agility.
Fitness testing is used by sports coaches, doctors and trainers to determine an individual’s level of fitness. The results can then be used for many things, including as the basis for an exercise programme, for talent identification, to highlight current health conditions or risks, or to learn about past injuries.
Fitness testing can be provided for adults and children. It is used by sports and health organisations, including sports clubs and the armed forces.
In UK schools, fitness testing is implemented sporadically rather than as part of a standardised and contextualised programme.
Very few companies provide comprehensive fitness for schools. That which has been provided has been criticised by academics, PE teachers and the Association for Physical Education for a number of reasons, including: