Fitnessgram/Activitygram is an integrated fitness and activity assessment program that can greatly enhance the effectiveness of school-based physical education programs. This updated fourth edition of the Fitnessgram/Activitygram Test Administration Manual is a complete guide to implementing these assessments, from conducting the test protocols and recording the data to interpreting and sharing the results.
Fitnessgram/Activitygram is an integrated fitness and activity assessment program that can greatly enhance the effectiveness of school-based physical education programs. This updated fourth edition of the Fitnessgram/Activitygram Test Administration Manual is a complete guide to implementing these assessments, from conducting the test protocols and recording the data to interpreting and sharing the results. New material in this edition includes
revised standards for aerobic capacity and body composition;
updated information about the Fitnessgram software program (software is sold separately from the manual); and
an updated DVD that includes video clips of the test protocols, training videos for using the Fitnessgram/Activitygram software, and all the program’s reproducible forms, plus the CD with the PACER, curl-up, and push-up test cadences.
About Fitnessgram and Activitygram
These unique features set the Fitnessgram/Activitygram program apart from other test batteries for youth:
Fitnessgram/Activitygram allows teachers to produce individual as well as group fitness and activity reports for students. The reports are generated using complex algorithms that take into account children’s results on various fitness tests as well as estimates of their current activity levels. This personalized feedback provides students and parents with more meaningful information than a simple listing of fitness scores. The group reports can help teachers track data over time to document their efforts to promote activity and fitness in their curriculum.
Fitnessgram/Activitygram uses criterion-referenced standards to evaluate students on each dimension of fitness and on measures of physical activity. These standards are age- and sex-specific and are based on how fit and active children need to be for good health. The use of criterion-referenced standards is a critical distinction, because this type of feedback helps to minimize comparisons among children and allows teachers to provide personalized information to each child about health-related fitness. Feedback in Fitnessgram is targeted to personal fitness for health rather than goals based on performance.
Fitnessgram/Activitygram encourages student involvement in physical education. Software (available separately from the Test Administration Manual) allows students to enter personal data and print out personalized reports that put the test results into the broader context of what it means to be physically fit and suggest ways that students can be more physically active and improve their level of fitness. The process gives students hands-on learning experiences that reinforce what they learn in class about the components of fitness. Using the assessments in class equips students to self-assess their physical activity and fitness levels in the future, building a foundation for physically active and healthy adults.
How to Use This Manual and the Enclosed DVD and CD
Part I: Introduction to Fitnessgram/Activitygram Chapter 1. Mission, Goals, and Philosophy of Fitnessgram/Activitygram Chapter 2. Fitness Education and Assessment Guidelines Chapter 3. Promoting Physical Activity
Part II: Fitnessgram Assessment Module Chapter 4. Fitnessgram Test Administration Chapter 5. Aerobic Capacity Chapter 6. Body Composition Chapter 7. Muscular Strength, Endurance, and Flexibility Chapter 8. Fitnessgram Physical Activity Questions Chapter 9. Interpreting Fitnessgram Results
Appendix A Information on Testing Equipment
Appendix B Copy Masters
Appendix C Health-Related Fitness Tracking Charts--Copy Masters
Appendix D FAQs
Appendix E Software User Manual
About the Editors
Fitnessgram was developed by the highly respected Cooper Institute. The Cooper Institute is dedicated to scientific research in the field of preventive medicine and public health and communicating the results of research to the scientific and medical communities as well as to the general public.