The FitnessGram is series of tests used to measure the aerobic capacity, physical endurance, height, weight, and flexibility of students. These tests are administered to students by teachers in their physical education classes to gauge their student’s physical capabilities. These tests are mandatory for all able-bodied students to take. The FitnessGram isn’t particularly well liked by students, however many teachers do claim taking them allows students to make healthier choices in their lives. The following paragraphs will outline some benefits and drawbacks of FitnessGram testing.
“The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends the use of 40%, 60%, 80%, and 85% of maximal oxygen consumption (VO2max) as target values in developing exercise prescriptions. Further, the ACSM states that 55%, 70%, 85%, and 90% of maximal heart rate (HRmax) may be used as indices of these respective levels of % VO2max for the general population. The current study evaluated this relationship between %HRmax and %VO2max in apparently healthy, young adults. Eighty-one men and 81 women between the ages of 18 and 34 engaged in an incremental exercise test to exhaustion. Linear regressions of %HRmax and %VO2max were performed on each subject. From these regressions, target values of %HRmax were computed for each individual. Mean percentages of HRmax were 63%, 76%, 89%, and 92% at 40%, 60%, 80%, and 85% of VO2max, respectively. At all of these values of %VO2max, the values obtained for %HRmax were significantly greater (P < 0.001) than those used by the ACSM. Fitness affected these results, particularly among men. High fit men averaged 2% higher in %HRmax than low fit men at any given value of %VO2max (Swain et al., 1994).” Swain et al., (1994) relates to this laboratory because it shows the relationship between heart rate and VO2 max. It allowed me to further my knowledge about how we use VO2 max to predict heart rate. We then can set a target rate based on the data received from a VO2 max test. (Swain et al.,
The most precise method for the assessment of maximal oxygen consumption is the direct measurement which is considered the ‘gold standard’ (Noonan & Dean, 2000). However, the use of this method is limited in several settings such as in sports clubs, schools, or in large scale research studies (Pescatello & American College of Sports Medicine, 2014) because it requires appropriate and expensive equipment, supervision by trained personnel and a max-imal level of exertion which cannot be achieved by all the individuals and especially those who may be limited by pain, fatigue, abnormal gait, impaired balance or those with cardio-vascular problems(Evans, Ferrar, Smith, et al., 2015). As a consequence, many indirect tests have been developed for use in sports, clinical and home settings but there are sundry fac-tors which must be considered when we select one of them. Such factors are the population that we
In this article, EPOC following multiple effort sprint and moderate aerobic exercise led by Jeremy R. Townsend wanted to examine the effects of multiple efforts of sprint interval exercise (SIE) and moderate aerobic exercise (MA) on EPOC (Townsend,1). To test this study, six recreationally-trained males at an average of 23 years old each with an average body mass of 81.8kg and an average height of 6.3 cm each were recruited. To qualify for this study they had to take a physical activity readiness questionnaire (PAR-Q). They were all briefed on what the study consisted of.
To ensure that the results gained from a series of fitness tests are valid and reliable you must make sure that the participant is fully
In this lab, the focus was to study muscular fitness. In muscular fitness, there are two main components of measurements that are being taken, which are muscular strength and muscular endurance. Muscular strength is an individual’s ability to exert their maximum force. To test muscular strength, there are multiple tests such as 1 RM , Static Handgrip Strength, and Back Strength Dynamometer test. Muscular endurance is an individual’s ability to sustain prolonged muscular contractions. Tests that reveal results about an individual’s muscular endurance would be tests such as YMCA Submaximal Bench Press, Push-Up, and Plank test. It is important to remember that there is no single test for endurance and strength that will tell an
The protocol is easy to conduct because all the individual needs to do is press start on the treadmill and then the session can start; it is also easy to set up because you only need a treadmill in your chosen sport. This test is also good because it can be used to measure the maximal hear rate of an individual during a workout, this is done by having a gas analyser, breathe through it, using the amount of carbon dioxide breathed out it can work out what the maximal heart rate is. This can then be used to work out the workload intensity that the performer is required to work at. Though it is a good laboratory test, it can’t used in all environments because of the equipments needed to conduct the test for example you need a suitable environment such as a gym or sports hall where you can place the treadmill, you can’t have it on a field, it also would take time to set up compared to other fitness tests if the required equipment wasn’t available along with a lot of money just to get the equipment for the
After reviewing the data from the fitnessgram state test, the students need to improve their fitness levels. Between the six different fitness components, the assessments showed that students are struggling the
As an individual who does not exercise on a regular basis, my results overall were quite poor, with a post-test average percentage of 32.5%, but it was still an improvement over my pre-test average of 22.9%. To analyse these results, I shall begin with the smaller components, to get a closer look at my shortcomings, improvements and why my results are generally unsatisfactory.
Past fitness programs at our facility have used evaluation methods before, during and after programs are implemented. The first evaluation allows us to tailor offerings for current cohort and establish baseline measures. At the midpoint we make sure client’s needs are being met and make adjustments as necessary. The final evaluation demonstrates effectiveness and areas for improvement.
In this particular district P.E. is required 5 days a week. The levels of fitness were gauged off of the FITNESSGRAM battery test, which is give twice a year. FITNESSGRAM is endorsed by the American College of Sports Medicine as a reliable and valid test. There are 5 major components of the test: body composition, aerobic capacity, muscular strength, muscular endurance, and flexibly. A multitude of test are used to access the students overall health in those 5
Introduction: In this experiment, cardiovascular fitness is being determined by measuring how long it takes for the test subjects' to return to their resting heart rate. Cardiovascular fitness is the ability to "transport and use oxygen while exercising" (Dale 2015). Cardiovascular fitness utilizes the "heart, lungs, muscles, and blood working together" while exercising (Dale 2015). It is also how well your body can last during moderate to high intensity cardio for long periods of time (Waehner 2016). The hypothesis is that people who exercise for three or more days will return to their resting heart rate much faster than people who only exercise for less than three days.
The module in Exercise Testing & Prescription II is an 18 credit fundamental learning module on NQF level 6 which prepares the student to test readiness for exercise and prescribe individualised exercise programmes for chronic disease patients. The student will be able to apply his/her knowledge of exercise management for the diseased population. Clinical
The results of this test show that it provides a valid test to estimate aerobic capacity and shows there is a small measurement of error. A polar heart rate monitor was used to measure the heart rate with a step of 30cm in height with a metronome with a beat at 15 steps, per minute and increased by 5 steps every minute for 5 stages or until 80% of the maximum estimated heart rate was reached. The results demonstrated that the Chester Step technique is a valid predictor of aerobic capacity in males and females from a wide range of ages and fitness levels.
The fundamental purpose of fitness testing is an evaluation of an individual’s baseline physical fitness capabilities through a series of testing done for each health and fitness related components of an athlete, fitness testing is the starting point for the designing of fitness program for their specific sport to have desired goals to monitor their improvement and to identify the strength and weaknesses. Physical testing is having many benefits for athletes as it gives an inside of their individualistic abilities for their specific sport. Many of the benefits of fitness testing include;