This document compares the use of the main physical fitness tests in four reference studies/organisms.
|Author(s)/organization||Council of Europe||Statistics Canada||International Committee for the Standardisation of Physical Fitness Tests (ICSPFT)||United States Sports Academy/Egyptian Supreme Council for Youth and Sports|
|Reference test batteries/studies||European Tests of Physical Fitness (EUROFIT Tests)||Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS)||International physical fitness test (IPFT)|
|Document link||RECOMMENDATION No. R (87) 9 OF THE COMMITTEE OF MINISTERS TO MEMBER STATES ON THE EUROFIT TESTS OF PHYSICAL FITNESS||Canadian Health Measures Survey Clinic Questionnaire April 9th, 2008||International Physical Fitness Test|
|Population Targeted||Adults||People aged 6 to 79 years old||No information available||Young people aged 9 to 19 years old|
|Performance tests||Flexibility||Lateral side-bending flexibility|
|Standing (or sitting) forward flexion|
|Sit and reach flexibility|
|Muscle strength||Handgrip strength test|
|Muscular endurance||Curl-ups (crunch)|
|30 second sit-ups|
|Bent arm hang|
|Power/Explosive strength||Standing long jump (broad jump)|
|Cardio-respiratory fitness||Two-kilometre walk test|
|Shuttle run (beep test)|
|Physique and body composition||Anthropometric Measures||Weight|
|Body mass index (BMI)|
|Bi-epicondylar diameter of humerus|
|Bi-epicondylar diameter of femur|
|Body composition||Total body water|
|Total body potassium|
|Body Function||Cardio-vascular function||Heart rate at rest|
|Respiratory function||Forced vital capacity (FVC)|
|Forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1)|
|FEV1 % (FEV1/FVC)|
|Additional comments||There is also a version for children of school age.||
ICSPFT was founded in 1964 by a group of researchers led by Pr. L.A. Larsen. A book on standards of physical
fitness tests was published in 1974.
The name of ICSPFT changed in 1992 to the International Council for Physical Fitness Research (ICPAFR)
|The test battery was reduced from 8 performamce tests to 5 in 1978 (bent arm hang, standing long jump, and handgrip strength tests were eliminated).|
Eurofit, (1993), Eurofit Tests of Physical Fitness, 2nd Edition, Strasbourg.
Oja P, Tuxworth B, eds. Eurofit for Adults: Assessment of Health-Related Fitness. Finland: Council of Europe Publishing; 1995:1-13.
Eurofit for adults book: Assessment of Health Related Fitness, Council of Europe Publishing.
Vanhees L., Lefevre J., Philippaerts R., Martens M., Huygens W., Troosters T., and Beunen G. (2005) How to assess physical activity? How to assess physical fitness? European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation, 12:102-114.
|Vanhees L., Lefevre J., Philippaerts R., Martens M., Huygens W., Troosters T., and Beunen G. (2005) How to assess physical activity? How to assess physical fitness? European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation, 12:102-114.|