TPFP is the Kerala
state fitness test battery for youth. The assessment was
developed by Directorate of Sports & YA, Govt. of Kerala
in response to the needs in physical education programmes
for a comprehensive assessment protocol. The assessment
includes a health-related physical fitness tests designed
to assess cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength, muscular
endurance, flexibility, and body composition. Norm–referenced
standards associated with good health have been established
for children and youth for each of the health-related
fitness components. The software for the programme produces
an individualized report card that summarizes the childs
performance on each component of health-related fitness
and provides suggestions for how to promote and maintain
good fitness. The sophisticated database structure within
the programme produces compiled class reports and allows
for long term tracking of the students fitness over time.
TPFP can be used
by students to help them in personal fitness programme
planning, by teachers to determine student needs and to
help guide students in programme planning, and by parents
to understand their child’s needs and to help the child
plan a programme of physical activity. Moreover it can
be also used as a tool for talent identification.
research revealed that Indians are more vulnerable
genetically get to heart attacks and other lifestyle
diseases than any other ethnic group in the world.
food habits, lack of physical activity and this coupled
with high level of stress and increase in smoking
and alcohol consumption are all classic risk factors
which can put one high on the risk zone of coronary
Obviously, this is mainly due to
the changing lifestyles. Part of the blame falls on
the adoption of a more Western lifestyle, involving
fatty food and too little exercise.
The physical fitness status of school
children in Kerala was not known till 1995. The sample
survey conducted by the Directorate of Sports &
YA, Govt. of Kerala in Thrissur district shows that
the physical fitness standards of the school children
is very low and do significantly differ with their
age and sex when compared to American Alliance Health
Physical Education Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD)
Health Related Physical Fitness Test (HRPFT) standards.
Moreover, the abdominal strength/ endurance of high
school girl students show a decreasing trend when
compared with lower classes (Manoj & Manoj, 1995).
OF THE PROJECT
The proportion of children and adolescents between 9 to
17 years of age, who are regularly participating in appropriate
physical activities, particularly cardio-respiratory fitness
programmes, which can be carried into adulthood, should
be greater than 90% (Currently less than 30%).
The proportion of children and adolescence of 9 to 17
years of age, participating in daily physical education
programmes should be greater than 60%. (Currently less
The methodology for scientifically and systematically
assessing the health related physical fitness of children
and adolescence should be established and 100% of children
and adolescence between the age group of 9 to 17 years,
participating in such testing programme for assessing
health related physical fitness.
PLAN AND MANAGEMENT DETAILS THE TESTING PROGRAMMEME
total physical fitness testing programme is planning to
implement through the three-tier system of local self
government with help of education, health and sports departments.
The programme aim to assess the health related physical
fitness of 100% school going children which includes state
schools, CBSE, ICSE, KV and Navodaya Vidyalayas. Current
year (2008-09) the schools geloging to govt, aided and
un-aided schools under going state syllabus only included.
The Chairman's of the local level administrative committees
should initiate the action to bring the other streams
to undergo the programme by brings them into the consensus.
The different level committees as mentioned below were
suggested to implement the programme.