2018 Measurement and Evaluation Symposium

Youth Fitness Assessment in 21st Century:
Issues, Challenges & Future Directions

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018
8:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.

Location: Convention Center - Ballroom C1

Ticket Price
$30 for attendees, $0 for presenters - Register here!

Agenda (Subject to Change)

Abstract posters will be displayed all day - Full List of Posters

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Section I: Welcome/Opening Address

8:00 – 8:30

Presider: Elizabeth Mullin, Springfield College, USA

8:00 – 8:05
Elizabeth Mullin, Springfield College, USA

8:05 – 8:30
Opening Address
Jeremy Lyon, The Cooper Institute, USA

Section II: Youth Fitness Assessment around World (I)

8:30 --9:30

Presider: Haichun Sun, University of South Florida, USA

8:30 – 8:50
Youth fitness assessment in Chile
Antonio Garcia Hermoso, University of Santiago, Chile

8:50 – 9:10
Youth fitness assessment in China
June Ma, Institute of Child and Adolescent Health, China

9:10 – 9:30
Introducing of the Hungarian National Student Fitness Test
Csányi Tamás, Hungarian School Sport Federation, Hungary


9:30 – 10:00
Coffee and Tea Break


Section III: Youth Fitness Assessment around World (II)

10:00 – 11:00

Presider: Anita N. Lee, Eastern Connecticut State University, USA

10:00 – 10:20
Youth fitness assessment in Iran
Masoumeh Helalizadeh, Sport Medicine Research Center Sport Sciences Research Institute, Iran

10:20 – 10:40
Youth fitness assessment in Japan
Koya Suzuki, Juntendo University, Japan

10:40 – 11:00
Youth fitness assessment in South Korea
Jae-Hyeon Park, Chang-Hwan Choi, Jiwun Yoon, Korea National Sport University, South Korea

Section IV: Youth Fitness Assessment around World (III)

11:00 – 11:30

Presider: Hai Yan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

International Perspectives on Youth Fitness –Standardization

This presentation will summarize current status of youth fitness assessment on the international level and describe potential for standardization and more flexible global comparisons.

Speakers: Weimo Zhu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Lunch Break

11:30 – 1:00
Lunch Break (On Your Own)/Poster Presentation


Section V: Health Related Fitness – Test, Components, & Special Populations

1:00 – 3:05

Presider: Hongwei Guan, Ithaca College, USA

1:00 – 1:25
FitnessGram®: Past, Present and Future

This presentation will review historical development, current status and challenges and future directions of FitnessGram®, a health-related assessment and education program.

Speaker: Gregory Welk, Iowa State University, USA

1:25 – 1:50
Aerobic Fitness Assessment – Methods and Assessment Challenges

This presentation will summarize issues and insights related to the assessment of aerobic capacity. The presentation will cover advantages and disadvantages of different tests and different prediction equations as well the implications of different ways to express aerobic capacity and considerations with inclusion / exclusion of BMI.

Speaker: Matthew Mahar, San Diego State University, USA

1:50 - 2:15
Musculoskeletal Fitness Assessment – Methods and Assessment Challenges

This presentation will summarize issues and limitations with current musculoskeletal assessments as well as considerations for setting up new standards for handgrip and long-jump / vertical jump to assess power.

Speaker: Sharon Plowman, Northern Illinois University, USA – Emeritus

2:15 - 2:40
Physical Activity Guidelines for Children and Youth

This presentation will summarize issues and insights related to the history and latest development in physical activity guidelines for children and youth.

Speaker:Russell Pate, University of South Carolina, USA


2:40 – 3:05
Fitness Assessment for Youth with Disabilities: Brockport Physical Fitness Test

This presentation will summarize issues and insights related to the assessment of children and youth with disabilities.

Authors: Houston-Wilson, Cathy, Winnick, Joseph P, Short, Francis X, College at Brockport, SUNY, USA

Presented by Zezhao Chen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA


3:05 – 3:25
Coffee break/Poster Presentation


Section VI: Many Facets of Youth Fitness Assessment

3:25 – 5:05

Presider: Tiago Barreira, Syracuse University, USA

3:25 – 3:50
Youth Fitness Surveillance – Considerations for School, District and State Level Tracking

This presentation will describe unique challenges and considerations involved in monitoring and tracking fitness for surveillance and program evaluation. The presentation will focus on insights gained from evaluations of longitudinal data from ongoing state and national fitness evaluations

Speaker: Yang Bai, University of Vermont, USA

3:50 – 4:15
Teacher Perspectives on Youth Fitness Assessment

This presentation will address school/teacher perspective on youth fitness assessment.

Speakers: Georgi Roberts, Fort Worth I.S.D., USA and Dolly Lambdin, University of Texas, Austin, USA

4:15 – 4:40
Physical Fitness vs. Physical Activity: Methods and Assessment Challenges

This presentation will address the relationship between youth physical fitness and physical activity, propose the new integrated way to assess and promote physical fitness and activity simultaneously, and how technology can assist the integration.

Speaker: Minsoo Kang, University of Mississippi, USA

4:40 – 5:05
Physical Literacy: New Direction of Youth Fitness

This presentation will introduce the latest development in physical literacy and its possible impact on youth fitness assessment.

Speaker: Mark Tremblay, Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research, Canada

Section VII: Closing Thoughts/Future Directions

5:05 – 5:30

Presider: Tracey Matthews, Springfield College

Closing Thoughts/Future Directions


This presentation will summarize challenges and opportunities for measurement researchers interested in youth fitness assessment.

Speakers: Jim Morrow, University of North Texas, USA – Emeritus


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