New recommendations for measuring youth fitness - - Jackson, MS

New recommendations for measuring youth fitness

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Measuring children's fitness levels has always been an imperfect science. But new recommendations from the Institute of Medicine may help.

Experts say measuring a child's cardio-respiratory endurance, body composition and muscular strength gives the best picture of overall fitness.

They recommend using a shuttle run ... Where kids sprint back and forth between two points, to measure cardio-respiratory endurance --- or a cycle and treadmill test.

They suggest handgrip strength and the standing long jump be used to assess muscle strength ... But conclude measuring flexibility is not necessary.

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