Resting Heart Rate

To measure heart rate, the student should sit without doing activity for 10 minutes then check the pulse on the inside of the wrist, below the thumb. In order to check your pulse:

  • Gently place 2 fingers of your other hand on this artery
  • Do not use your thumb, because it has its own pulse that you may feel
  • Count the beats for 30 seconds, then double the result to get beats per minute

Body Mass Index ("BMI")

BMI is a number calculated from a person’s weight and height. BMI provides a reliable indicator of body fatness for most people and is used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems.

Strength Score

The Push-Up Test is a test that measures muscular strength and endurance. To do a standard push up place your hands about shoulder-width apart, keep your elbows slightly apart from the body keep body straight, no bending at the waist and put your feet together. This can be done on the knees if unable to do a standard push up.

  • Test parameters: How many push-ups can the athlete do within a 60 second period; this is done only once

Wheel Chair Push-Up Test is a strength test for students in wheelchairs. The wheelchair push-up is completed by the student on a level surface and by placing his/her hands on the armrests or wheels of the wheelchair and pushing upward with his/her arms to raise his/her body slightly off the seat of the wheelchair.

  • Test parameters: How many wheelchair push-ups, where the student raises one’s self slightly off the seat of the wheelchair, can the student do in 60 seconds; this is completed once
  • Inquire with the student and/or caregiver regarding how the wheelchair specifically works (ex: ensure wheelchair is locked into place and/or use boards in front or behind the wheelchair; turn off if motorized, movement capabilities within the wheelchair (safety belts) and what do they need to ensure safety (ex: ask regarding assisting with holding a part of the chair during the test)

Flexibility Score

V-Sit Reach Test is an activity that measures flexibility of the lower back and hamstrings. Here is what you do:

  • A straight line two feet long is marked on the floor as the
  • Tape to floor either a tape measure, 4 feet long or yard stick use for measurement, it should be taped perpendicular to the midpoint of the baseline extending two feet on each side and marked off in half-inches. The point where the baseline and measuring line intersect is the “0” point.
  • Student removes shoes and sits on floor with measuring line between legs and soles of feet placed immediately behind baseline, heels 8-12 inches
  • With hands on top of each other, palms down, the student places them on measuring
  • With the legs held flat by a partner, the student slowly reaches forward as far as possible, keeping fingers on the measuring line and feet flexed
  • After three practice tries, the student holds the fourth reach for three seconds while that distance is recorded

Balance Score

The Standing Balance Test is a simple balance rest that can be modified to suit each student’s situation.

  • Equipment required: flat, non-slip surface, stopwatch
  • Procedure: The person stands on one leg for as long as Give the subject a minute to practice their balancing before starting the test. The timing stops when the elevated foot touches the ground or the person hops or otherwise loses their balance position. The best of three attempts is recorded. Repeat the test on the other leg.
  • Scoring: Time how long the person can stay in the balance position