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FitnessGram Administration Manual 5th Edition With Web Resource

FitnessGram Administration Manual 5th Edition With Web Resource


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    The best just got better.

    FitnessGram is the gold standard for assessing the health-related fitness and activity levels of youths. The Cooper Institute has updated the FitnessGram Administration Manual with new material to ensure that FitnessGram is the most comprehensive and informative program that can drive meaningful behavior change and set up children for a healthy future.

    The fifth edition of FitnessGram Administration Manual: The Journey to MyHealthyZone offers K-12 teachers two primary assessment resources that allow them to produce individualized reports for each student in their class. FitnessGram provides a complete battery of health-related fitness assessments that are scored using criterion-referenced Healthy Fitness Zone® standards. The standards are age and sex specific and are based on how fit children need to be for health.

    New to this fifth edition:
    • Audio of cadences and videos and photos for test protocols, making it easier for you to administer tests
    • A chapter on communicating with stakeholders (students, parents, faculty and staff, administrators, and the community)
    • A chapter on data mining and using data to inform your instruction and help you make sound curricular decisions
    • A design that enhances your ease in using the material and administering the tests
    You will learn how to administer the tests, interpret the results, and provide feedback to your students on their results. FitnessGram Administration Manual also offers a web resource that includes video clips that demonstrate the assessments; audio for the PACER, curl-up, and push-up tests; and reproducible forms.

    Through FitnessGram, you can assess children’s fitness in these areas:
    • Aerobic capacity
    • Muscle strength
    • Muscular endurance
    • Flexibility
    • Body composition
    Several test options are provided for most of those areas; one test item is recommended.

    As a FitnessGram user you also have access to everything the Presidential Youth Fitness Program has to offer. The Presidential Youth Fitness Program helps physical educators assess, track, and recognize youth fitness and physical activity. Through this program you are also provided with the following:
    • Instructional strategies for promoting student physical activity and fitness
    • Communication tools to help physical educators increase awareness about their work in the classroom
    • Options for recognizing fitness and physical activity achievements
    This latest version of the FitnessGram Administration Manual: The Journey to MyHealthyZone is your guide to conducting the test protocols, recording the data, interpreting the results, and sharing those results in ways that will encourage students to be physically active and adopt healthy behaviors throughout their lives.


    Resource for K-12 physical educators and undergraduate physical education teaching methods courses.

    Table of Contents

    Manual Quick Guide
    Part I Introduction to FitnessGram and ActivityGram
    Chapter 1. Mission, Goals, and Philosophy of the FitnessGram Program
    Chapter 2. Fitness Education and Assessment Guidelines
    Assessment Options for Fitness Education
    Effective and Appropriate Use of FitnessGram and ActivityGram Assessments in Physical Education
    Recommended Approaches for Program Evaluation
    The Fitness Education Process Step by Step
    Physical Education Resources to Support Use of FitnessGram
    Chapter 3. Promoting Physical Activity
    Importance of Promoting Physical Activity in Physical Education
    Physical Activity Guidelines
    Concepts for School Physical Activity Promotion
    The Youth Physical Activity Promotion Model
    Applying the Youth Physical Activity Promotion Model
    Reinforcement (Recognition and Motivation)
    Part II FitnessGram Assessment Model
    Chapter 4. Communicating With Stakeholders
    Strategies for Communicating the Fitness Education Process
    Communicating With Students
    Communicating With Parents
    Communicating With Faculty and Staff
    Communicating With Administrators
    Communicating With the Community
    Chapter 5. FitnessGram Test Administration
    Importance of Reliable Scores
    Considerations for Testing Primary Grades
    Considerations for Testing Secondary Students
    Considerations for Safety
    Testing of Large Groups or Classes
    Test Items
    Considerations for Testing Student With Disabilities
    Software Exemptions for Students
    Chapter 6. Aerobic Capacity
    Overview of the FitnessGram Aerobic Capacity Standards
    Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run, PACER
    One-Mile Run
    Walk Test
    Chapter 7. Body Composition
    Overview of the FitnessGram Body Composition Standards
    Body Mass Index
    Portable Bioelectric Impedance Analyzers
    Skinfold Measurements
    Chapter 8. Muscular Strength, Endurance, and Flexibility
    Abdominal Strength and Endurance
    Trunk Extensor Strength and Flexibility
    Trunk Lift
    Upper-Body Strength and Endurance
    90° Push-Up
    Modified Pull-Up
    Flexed Arm Hang
    Back-Saver Sit-and-Reach
    Shoulder Stretch
    Chapter 9. FitnessGram Physical Activity Questions
    Description of Activity Assessment
    Chapter 10. Interpreting FitnessGram Results
    Derivation of Criterion-Referenced Standards
    Influence of Body Size and Maturity on Fitness
    Interpreting Performance on Physical Fitness Assessments
    Chapter 11. Understanding and Using FitnessGram Data
    Using Formative and Summative Assessments with FitnessGram
    Use of FitnessGram Data with Students
    Use of FitnessGram Data with Teachers
    Use of FitnessGram Data with Parents
    Use of FitnessGram Data with Administration
    Part III ActivityGram Assessment Module
    Chapter 12. ActivityGram Administration
    Description of ActivityGram
    ActivityGram Administration
    ActivityGram Lite (Youth Activity Profile)
    Chapter 13. Interpreting and Using ActivityGram Results
    Providing Feedback to Children on ActivityGram
    Limitations of the ActivityGram Assessment
    Interpreting ActivityGram Lite (Youth Activity Profile) Results
    Using Data from Physical Activity Assessments
    About Cooper Institute

    About the Author

    The Cooper Institute is dedicated to promoting lifelong health and wellness worldwide through research and education. Founded by Kenneth H. Cooper, MD, MPH, The Cooper Institute translates the latest scientific findings into proactive solutions that improve population health. Key areas of focus are research, advocacy, adult education, and youth programs. Through these initiatives, The Cooper Institute will continue to help people lead better, longer lives now and well into the future. For more information, visit

    FitnessGram assesses youth health-related fitness and delivers personalized reports to students and parents. Developed by The Cooper Institute, FitnessGram was adopted by the Presidential Youth Fitness Program in 2012 and is used in schools nationwide. It serves as a student-centered assessment, reporting, and educational tool used in promoting health, fitness, and activity in children.


    The book includes a web resource with video clips; audio for cadences in PACER, curl-up, and push-up tests; and reproducible forms.

    All ancillary materials for this text are free to course adopters and available online at