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Fitness Testing Newsletter: Testing the Elderly

Hi and welcome to the September 2009 fitness testing newsletter about the fitness testing of the elderly population.

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Testing the Elderly

Physical fitness has traditionally been associated with the more active young through to the middle-aged population. However, functional fitness is most critical for those in their senior years. It is important for older adults to have adequate strength, flexibility, and endurance to accomplish everyday tasks. Assessing these components of fitness can detect weaknesses which can be treated before causing serious functional limitations.


Example Protocols

There are many testing protocols that have been developed to test the elderly population; these are the main ones.


Specific Test Examples

Here are some selected tests from the above protocols, to give you an idea of the type of tests that have been designed specifically for testing the elderly, or are common tests that have been modified to suit testing of older persons.

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