New Delhi: The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports on Monday (October 5, 2020) introduced that the Sports Authority of India (SAI) has requested all coaches of the organisation to take fitness tests twice a year, with the document for identical being maintained in their private recordsdata.
The fitness tests can be set on the rules of Age Appropriate Fitness Protocol that was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 24, 2020, through the Fit India Dialogue, and are the first-ever set of age-appropriate fitness tests which were launched in India.
As a part of the Fitness Protocol, all coaches could have to clear the next 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 each
5) Flexibility Test – V Sit Reach Test
6) Aerobic/ Cardio-vascular fitness check – 2.4 Km Walk/Run
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Stressing on the significance of fitness amongst coaches and the choice of SAI to implement the fitness tests, SAI stated in a press release, “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.”
These fitness tests have been drafted by a committee of consultants, who after an in depth dialogue and assessment finalised the fitness protocols for every age group.