The coaches will take a total of six tests.
Leading by example, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) has asked all coaches of the organisation to take fitness tests twice a year with the record for the same being maintained in their personal files.
The fitness tests would be set on the guidelines of age-appropriate fitness protocol that was launched by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 24th September 2020, during the Fit India Dialogue. These are the first-ever set of age-appropriate fitness tests that have been launched in the country for sports coaches.
Stressing on the importance of fitness among coaches and the decision to implement the fitness tests, SAI said, “Sports Authority of India is primarily responsible for the training of athletes through expert coaches. Fitness of coaches is one of the essential ingredients for them to impart fruitful training on the field.”
“Coaches need to maintain a certain level of fitness so as to show the path of progress to the athletes. Therefore, coaches have been advised to undertake the physical fitness assessment as per the protocol twice a year,” added SAI in a statement.
These fitness tests have been drafted by a committee of experts, who after a detailed discussion and review finalised the fitness protocols for each age group.
As part of the Fitness Protocol, all coaches will have to clear the following tests:
1) Body Composition Test – BMI.
2) Balance Test – Flamingo Balance & Vrikshasana (Tree Pose).
3) Muscular Strength Test – Abdominal/Core Strength (Partial Curl-up) & Naukasana (Boat Pose).
4) Muscular Endurance Test – Push-Ups for Boys/ Men, Modified Push-Ups for Girls/ Women & Sit-ups for both.
5) Flexibility Test – V Sit Reach Test.
6) Aerobic/ Cardio-vascular fitness test – 2.4 Km Walk/Run.