A test usually conducted to assess the level of physical fitness, for example, of an athlete during rehabilitation from an injury. Fitness has several components; therefore, there is no such thing as a single fitness test. Coaches continually make subjective assessments of their athletes, but an objective assessment of fitness usually requires testing each component independently under standardized laboratory conditions. The components commonly assessed are strength, speed, power, flexibility, and endurance. A test should be conducted only with the approval of the subject who should be fully informed of the purpose of the test. The primary consideration during the test must be the safety of the subject. It is important that the tester knows of any illness, injury, medication, or treatment that subject has had so that risk to health is minimized. Equipment and test procedures must be safe.
Subjects: Sport and Leisure — Sports and Exercise Medicine.