Written by: Krystin Hill, Hannah Lee, and Ana Easley; Sports Medicine & Fitness Technology Students at KU Tallahassee
Health and fitness assessments are performed on clients to see whether they will be able to perform tests or exercises without risk of injury and to evaluate some of their strengths and weaknesses. Assessments also help in determining a starting point for the client, so the health and fitness professional knows the areas to work on for improvement. Results from these assessments could also indicate whether a client is at risk for different diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and obesity.
We commonly assess six components of health and fitness: body composition, flexibility, muscular endurance, muscular strength, cardiorespiratory fitness, and body movement. After we complete all of the assessments, we can create an individual exercise program for each client. We then reassess clients about every 2 to 3 months to gauge their progress and establish new goals.