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Periodic Fitness Testing

Not Just for Athletes Anymore

Peterson, David D., EdD, CSCS*D

Strength & Conditioning Journal: October 2018 - Volume 40 - Issue 5 - p 60–76
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000393
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ABSTRACT STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROFESSIONALS, PERSONAL TRAINERS, AND COMPETITIVE ATHLETES HAVE LONG USED PERIODIC FITNESS TESTING AS AN EFFECTIVE TRAINING PRACTICE. THIS CONCEPT IS RARELY USED, HOWEVER, BY THE NOVICE EXERCISER OR GENERAL PUBLIC. IN ADDITION, MOST OF THE CURRENT FITNESS TESTS ASSESS ONLY A FEW OF THE DIFFERENT COMPONENTS OF FITNESS. UNLIKE CURRENT FITNESS TESTS, THE PROPOSED ASSESSMENT EVALUATES 10 OF THE DIFFERENT COMPONENTS OF FITNESS, THEREBY PROVIDING USERS WITH A MORE COMPLETE OVERVIEW OF THEIR CURRENT FITNESS. IN ADDITION, IF USERS ARE FOUND DEFICIENT IN A PARTICULAR COMPONENT(S) OF FITNESS, THE PROPOSED ASSESSMENT PROVIDES SPECIFIC TRAINING RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IMPROVEMENT.

Department of Kinesiology and Allied Health, Cedarville University, Cedarville, Ohio

Address correspondence to David D. Peterson ddpeterson@cedarville.edu.

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The author reports no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

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David D. Petersonis currently assigned as an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Coordinator of the Multi-Age Physical Education (MAPE) Program at Cedarville University in Ohio.

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