What does SLOfit measure

SLOfit measure different components of fitness as well as some associated variables, like 24-hour movement behaviour, physical activity of parents and socio-economic status.

  Measurement task Description
Somatic characteristics Body height Longitudinal dimension of the body
Body weight  Voluminous dimension of the body 
Triceps skinfold  Assessment of subcutaneous fat 
Physical fitness   600-meter run General aerobic endurance  
60-s sit-ups Repetitive strength
Stand and reach  Flexibility of lower back and legs 
Bent arm-hang Arm and shoulder girdle strength
20-s arm plate tapping Repetitive speed
Standing long jump Explosive strength 
Polygon course backwards Coordination
60-meter dash Speed

Physical development of children and youth is monitored through somatic growth, defined by body height, weight and triceps skinfold. Nutrition status is assessed through body mass index (BMI), which is calculated form height and weight. Individuals can be divided into different classes of nutritional status: undernutrition, normal nutritional status, overweight and obesity. Triceps skinfold is the anthropometric indicator of peripheral fat distribution. Children with high BMI and thick skinfold are exposed to major health risks.

Motor development is monitored through the development of various motor abilities. Indicators of physical fitness are aerobic capacity, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, speed, explosive strength and body coordination. All these indicators have considerable protective function, spanding from lowered risks of cardio-vascular disease and diabetes to avoiding injury by fast and coordinated response in the event of overcoming unexpected obstacles during movements and falls.

Motor abilities in primary and secondary school aremeasured with 8 different fitness tests (link na>Be fit, get into SLOfit): 20-second arm plate tapping, standing broad jump, polygon course backwards, 60-seconds sit-ups, stand and reach, bent arm hang, 60m dash and 600m run. Based on the results we can calculate Phyiscal fitness index of the individuals, which tells us their level of physical efficiency in relation to the population.

Detailed description of SLOfit test battery procedure is at this link (link na About SLOfit>Test battery).  

Why every year the same measurement procedure?

SLOfit measurement procedure is the same every year in primary and secondary school curriculum, which allows us a direct comparison of individual outcomes of physical and motoric development from 6 to 18 years of age. Selection of the appropriate tests was carried out carefully with the help of pilot and experimental study. Tasks are selected carefully taking into account relevant dimensional characteristics (validity and reliability) for selected age of children and youth.