A challenge to fitness testing in primary schools

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Naughton, G. A, Carlson, John S and Greene, D. A (2006) A challenge to fitness testing in primary schools. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 9 (1-2). pp. 40-45. ISSN 1440-2440


The suboptimal state of health and physical activity in children in Australia is the likely result of multiple systemic failures such as poor quality physical education in schools, time-poor households, outdated modified sports in the community, and attractive sedentary options in leisure time. Within this context, we argue that one component of schoolbased experiences not meeting the changing needs of children is fitness testing in primary schools. What have decades of fitness testing in schools contributed to the health of young people in Australia? Specifically, have the results of fitness testing led to desirable health outcomes such as improved cardiorespiratory fitness, increased physical activity participation, or a reduction in childhood obesity?

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/1109
DOI 10.1016/j.jsams.2006.01.002
Official URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S...
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 320000 Medical and Health Sciences
Historical > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Ageing, Rehabilitation, Exercise & Sport Science (CARES)
Keywords fitness testing sessions, sedentary behaviour, public health, childhood obesity epidemic, body composition measurements, metabolic syndrome, nutrition, cardiorespiratory fitness, fitness education, threshold-based training
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