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Physical Fitness Assessment Comparison Chart

This document compares the use of the main physical fitness tests in four reference studies/organisms.

Author(s)/organization Council of EuropeExternal Statistics CanadaExternal International Committee for the Standardisation of Physical Fitness Tests (ICSPFT)External United States Sports AcademyExternal/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)
Publication/foundation date 1995 2008 1974 1977
Document link RECOMMENDATION No. R (87) 9 OF THE COMMITTEE OF MINISTERS TO MEMBER STATES ON THE EUROFIT TESTS OF PHYSICAL FITNESSExternal Canadian Health Measures Survey Clinic Questionnaire April 9th, 2008PDF International Physical Fitness TestExternal
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
Pull-up
Back throw
Muscular endurance Curl-ups (crunch)
30 second sit-ups
Bent arm hang
Power/Explosive strength Standing long jump (broad jump)
Balance Flamingo balance
Speed Plate tapping
50-metre sprint
Cardio-respiratory fitness Two-kilometre walk test
Shuttle run (beep test)
Distance run
Stepping test
Activity monitor
Physique and body composition Anthropometric Measures Weight
Standing height
Sitting height
Body mass index (BMI)
Waist circumference
Hip circumference
Bi-acrominal diameter
Bi-epicondylar diameter of humerus
Bi-epicondylar diameter of femur
Skinfold thickness
Body composition Total body water
Total body potassium
Body Function Cardio-vascular function Heart rate at rest
Blood pressure
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).
References 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.
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