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Techniques ranging from running to push-ups to sit-and-reach tests have been used to measure various aspects of fitness in children and adults. However, evidence is sparse on how well some of these techniques correspond to desired health outcomes in children, fueling debate about the best fitness measures for youth.
Fitness Measures and Health Outcomes in Youth, a new report from the Institute of Medicine, identifies which techniques to assess fitness in youths have the strongest evidence base and offers guidance to those developing and conducting national youth fitness surveys and school-based fitness testing.