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Fitness assessments

Introduction

General

Competition is the ultimate test of performance capability, and is therefore the best indication of training success. However, when trying to maximise performance, it is important to determine the individuals ability in specific aspects of performance. Fitness testing attempts to measure individual components of performance, with the ultimate aim of studying and maximising the Individuals ability in each component. 

Components of Fitness

It is important to have an idea of what the relative importance of specific fitness components are for certain sports. This will help in determining what components of fitness, such as speed, endurance, strength etc. you wish to investigate, choose the most appropriate tests for you, and put them together into an individualised testing programme. 

Why Test

There are many benefits of fitness testing, the major use is to establish the strengths and weaknesses of an individual and see the areas which need improvement, and from this  training programmes can be modified accordingly. This way valuable training time can be used more efficiently. The initial testing session can give the individual an idea of where their fitness levels are at the start of a programme, so that future testing can be compared to this and any changes can be noted. A baseline is especially important if you are about to embark on a new training phase. By repeating tests at regular intervals, you can get an idea of the effectiveness of the training programme. The time frame between tests may vary to suit an individuals specific requirements.  It usually takes a minimum of 2-6 weeks to see a demonstrable change in any aspect of fitness.

The Tests  

Listed below are some of the tests used by Upper Limits:

  U.L FITNESS ASSESSMENT          MSFT          ACT          BMI          POLICE TEST          ARMY TESTS

Conclusion

Performance in any sporting event is the result of a multitude of factors, which include the amount of training performed, the body's adaptation to the training, motivation level, nutritional status and weather conditions to name a few. As you can see, physiological parameters only account for a portion of any performance, and so the role of any exercise physiologist is also similarly limited. Through fitness testing, the factors involving physiological processes, over which there is some control, can be measured and ultimately improved upon. 

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