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12 Fitness Testing Why Fitness Test? Throughout the year students’ fitness level will be tracked using a variety of methods. Some of these include heart rate monitors, pulse bars, pedometers, and individual tests. It is important that each student have a basic understanding of these test procedures as well as some basic fitness knowledge so that students may develop and maintain lifelong fitness habits. Terminology – Components we are Testing Reaction Time – time between one of your senses recognizing a stimulus and your body responding to that stimulus Agility – ability to move the body and change directions quickly Power – occurs when you combine strength performances with speed Speed – the ability to cover a designated distance over a short period of time Balance – ability to maintain equilibrium in different movements Coordination – the ability to combine movements at the same time Flexibility – ability to move a joint through its intended range of motion Muscular Endurance – ability of a muscle to work over a long period of time Muscular Strength – the amount of force your muscles can produce Cardiovascular Endurance – ability of the heart, lungs and blood vessels to supply oxygen to the body during exercise Individual Tests & What they are Assessing Curl ups/Sit ups – muscular endurance & strength Push ups – muscular strength (upper body) Mile Run - cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance Beep Test – cardiovascular endurance, speed, muscular endurance Sit & Reach / VSit & Reach – flexibility Shuttle/Agility Run – agility, speed, balance Sprinting – speed, power Standing Long Jump – power, balance, muscular strength (lower body) What to Do with Your Results Results of a student’s performance on individual tests will indicate areas that they are currently proficient in, as well as those areas that may need more development. Use the goal setting section to help you improve your current levels of fitness. Use your daily workouts to focus on the areas that need improvement. Work to achieve small goals before the next fitness assessment.
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