Brockport Physical Fitness Test (BPFT)

The Brockport Physical Fitness Test (BPFT) is a criterion-referenced health-related test of physical fitness, appropriate for use with young people with disabilities.Brockport Test Manual

History: Project Target

In 1993 the U.S. Department of Education funded some research which was named Project Target, a study designed primarily to develop a health-related and criterion-referenced physical fitness test protocol for youngsters with disabilities. The age group the study was based around was between 10 and 17 years of age. In total 1,542 youngsters with and without disabilities were tested, and the analysis of these results lead to the creation of the Brockport Physical Fitness Test. The name is derived from the project being centered at the State University of New York, College at Brockport.

Target Group

The Brockport Physical Fitness Test is designed for and is suitable for use with both able bodied youngsters and those with disabilities such as:

Brockport Testing KitTests

The physical fitness test battery is able to be customized for nearly any student. The total number of test items available is 27, with a mix of traditional fitness tests and tests specifically modified for youngsters with disabilities (see list below). Although there are many tests to choose from, the manual guides the assessor using a five-step process to which tests are suitable, and most test batteries for individuals will involve only four to six items.

Musculoskeletal Functioning, Muscular Strength/Endurance

Body Composition

Aerobic Functioning

Flexibility

Equipment Required

Only a few relatively inexpensive materials are required to administer the BPFT, such as a stopwatch, ruler, grip dynamometer, 35-lb. barbell, seated push-up blocks, 1-lb. weight, ramp, curl-up strip, pull-up bars, skinfold caliper, height-weight scale, sit and reach apparatus, heart-rate monitor, 15-lb. dumbbell, and calibrated tapes (provided with the test kit). If these are not available, test item substitutions are often permitted. See more about the Brockport Testing products.

References

The following test resources are available, which provides therapists and educators with the information required to administer and interpret the tests.

Brockport Physical Fitness Test VideoThere is also a videotape available that provides a background on health-related information and has a demonstration of the test items, and also a computer software program to select test items, and print out results, goals, and fitness needs for individuals and groups of students. See more products.

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