Harvard step test

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A test of physical fitness devised at Harvard University during World War II. It involves a subject stepping on and off a bench 20 inches (50.8 cm) high, 30 times a minute, at a steady rhythm for up to 3 min or until exhausted. The pulse rate is taken at rest before the test, then 1, 2, and 3 min after the test. Fitness levels are estimated from the rate at which the pulse returns to its resting level. The test is not used in medicine any more because it is not very reliable.

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.

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