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Why does my child's school do those fitness tests every year? Aren't those tests unfair for children who do not participate in athletics?
The tests you are referring to are the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (PCPFS) President's Challenge Physical Fitness Tests. Through physical education classes, these tests are generally given twice yearly to school-age children in the United States. The President's Challenge Physical Fitness Awards Program recognizes achievement and participation in these tests.
The PCPFS tests have been revised throughout the years and currently reflect health-related fitness. The tests are not a measurement of skill related to any sport but are designed to reflect fitness levels as related to health. A child does not have to participate in organized sports to do well on these tests. It is important for children to reflect adequate fitness levels on this testing in order to avoid fitness-related health problems. Fitness-related health problems only increase as a child grows older.
Go to the Fantastic Fit Kids section of our website in the Seniors/Youth/Athletes section of our site for more information about youth fitness. We have a link there that displays the PCPFS fitness scores your child can work towards achieving. Send an email request and you will receive a Fantasy Fit Youth Fitness Newsletter that explains each PCPFS test in detail and gives you ideas for improving your child's health-related fitness. Parent(s) are the number one influence in the journey towards improving a child's health-related fitness. There is no better time than the present to begin encouraging our children and youth to improve their fitness levels.