ERIC Number: ED199189
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
First State Fitness Test. A Measurement of Functional Health.
Brown, Timothy; And Others
This test is designed to measure the functional health of young people. Functional health refers to those factors relating to personal health that can be improved with regular exercise. This test is unique in comparison to other physical fitness tests because of the absence of motor skill items which have no relationship to an individual's functional health. Four of the five test items directly relate to personal health areas that can be improved through regular exercise: (1) cardio-respiratory function--one mile run; (2) body composition--skinfold measurement of triceps; (3) musculoskeletal function of abdominal, upper arm, and shoulder region--bent knee sit up; and (4) flexibility of lower back and posterior thigh muscles--sit and reach. Although it is understood that the fifth test item, the flexed arm hang for both sexes, is referred to as athletic ability, it is included because of the imperative need for improvement in upper arm and shoulder girdle strength of United States youth. (Author)
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Delaware, Inc., Dover.