Statement of Task
An ad hoc committee will recommend physical fitness test items for assessment of youth fitness components that are associated with health outcomes. The recommended items will be suitable for inclusion in a national survey of fitness in children and youth. The committee will make use of a systematic review of the literature conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In examining the review, the committee will evaluate the relationships between the fitness components and health outcomes (e.g., cardiovascular disease risk factors, musculoskeletal health, diabetes, obesity and others). Further, for selected fitness components the committee will examine the relationships between performance on specific test items and health outcomes.
In addition to the primary task above, the committee will answer the following questions:
The committee will also study to what extent is change in performance on a fitness test item (e.g., handgrip strength or 1.5-mile walk/run) associated with change in health outcomes in youth who are apparently “healthy” but include both obese and nonobese. In addition, the committee will identify the strengths and weaknesses of fitness test items in regards to their practicality and as indicators of health outcomes in a school setting and, based on practicality, will provide recommendations for the most appropriate measures for each fitness component.