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Angelos K. Chanias, Greg Reid and Michael L. Hoover

A meta-analysis was conducted to determine the effects of exercise on health-related physical fitness of individuals with an intellectual disability. The data came from 21 individual studies yielding 100 effect sizes (ESs). Large effects were demonstrated for muscular and cardiovascular endurance, moderate for muscular strength, and small for flexibility. No significant effects were found for body composition. Document source and program length influenced muscular and cardiovascular endurance outcomes, as published studies and longer programs produced larger ESs. In addition, program type influenced muscular strength (resistance programs produced larger ESs than combined programs), and program frequency influenced flexibility (higher frequency programs had larger ESs than lower frequency programs). It was concluded that additional research is needed to investigate means to improve body composition, flexibility, and muscular strength. Future studies should upgrade their standards for reporting appropriate statistical information and information related to sample and exercise prescription components.

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Joseph P. Winnick and Francis X. Short

In this manuscript, the conceptual framework for the Brockport Physical Fitness Test (BPFT) is presented. The framework provides the basis for the selection of test items and standards to assess health-related physical fitness of youngsters with disabilities. The framework defines and describes the relationships among health, physical activity, and health-related physical fitness and presents the process used for personalizing health-related criterion-referenced physical fitness testing and assessment for youngsters with disabilities.

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E. William Vogler

Twenty nine ostomy children (16 girls and 13 boys) with external openings in their urinary or intestinal tract for waste collection were assessed for fitness using the Health Related Physical Fitness test. The children, as a group, were discovered to be only in the 20th percentile in overall fitness when compared to the norm in the United States. Using guidelines established by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, all 29 children were identified as candidates for an individualized adapted physical education program.

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David C. Pizarro

This study investigated the reliability and suitability of the Health Related Physical Fitness Test for mainstreamed educable mentally handicapped (EMH) and trainable mentally handicapped (TMH) adolescents. A total of 126 12- to 15-year-old male and female nonhandicapped (NH), EMH, and TMH adolescents were administered the following tests: modified sit-ups, sit and reach, 880-yard run, and skinfold fat measure (triceps only). Reliability coefficients were obtained using an interclass correlation formula. Deviations in test performance were recorded on a checklist. Modified sit-ups, sit and reach, and skinfold fat measurement were determined to be reliable and suitable for use with mainstreamed EMH/TMH adolescents. Reliability scores for the 880-yard run were fair for NH, good for EMH, and excellent for TMH subjects. Procedural deviations in the 880-yard run by TMH adolescents raised questions about the suitability of this test for these subjects. Proper orientation, an allowance for practice, and the development of an appropriate test environment appeared to be important aspects of test preparation for adolescents functioning at a below normal intellectual level.

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Joseph P. Winnick

Health-related criterion-referenced physical fitness has developed into an important domain for all youngsters in American schools. Although considered important for youngsters with or without disabilities, much less attention has been given to measuring and assessing health-related physical fitness of youngsters with disabilities. The Brockport Physical Fitness Test (BPFT) was developed as a healthrelated criterion- referenced test of fitness as a part of a federal grant entitled Project Target: Criterion-Referenced Physical Fitness Standards for Adolescents with Disabilities. This special issue of the Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly (APAQ) presents the conceptual framework for the BPFT and the technical information used as a basis for the selection of test items and standards associated with the test. Technical information is presented in separate articles covering aerobic functioning, body composition, muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility/range of motion. This first article introduces the reader to health-related fitness testing, Project Target, the BPFT, the general organization of information in this issue, and key contributors to Project Target and the development of the BPFT.

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Takashi Abe, Jeremy P. Loenneke, Robert S. Thiebaud and Mark Loftin

standardized approach . Age Ageing . 2011 ; 40 : 423 – 429 . doi:10.1093/ageing/afr051 10.1093/ageing/afr051 8. Tveter AT , Dagfinrud H , Moseng T , Holm I . Health-related physical fitness measures: reference values and reference equations for use in clinical practice . Arch Phys Med Rehabil

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Rodrigo Rodrigues Gomes Costa, Rodrigo Luiz Carregaro and Frederico Ribeiro Neto

. Dwyer GB , Davis SE , Pire NI , Thompson WR . ACSM’s Health-Related Physical Fitness Assessment Manual . 4th ed . Philadelphia, PA : Lippincott Williams & Wilkins ; 2010 . 27. Brown LE , Weir JP . ASEP procedures recommendation I: accurate assessment of muscular strength and power

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Sergio L. Molina and David F. Stodden

Oliveira , I.S. , Melo , B.M. , de Sousa Moura , M. , … Stodden , D.F. ( 2016 ). Motor competence and health related physical fitness in youth: A systematic review . Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 19 ( 2 ), 123 – 129 . doi:10.1016/j.jsams.2014.12.004 10.1016/j.jsams.2014

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Yi-Ju Tsai, Chieh-Chie Chia, Pei-Yun Lee, Li-Chuan Lin and Yi-Liang Kuo

, Correa-Bautista JE , Izquierdo M , Lobelo F . Reliability of health-related physical fitness tests among Colombian children and adolescents: The FUPRECOL Study . PLoS ONE . 2015 ; 10 ( 10 ): e0140875 . PubMed ID: 26474474 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0140875 27. Gabbett T , Georgieff B

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Soubhagyalaxmi Mohanty, Balaram Pradhan and Alex Hankey

activities is associated with lower levels of health-related physical fitness ( Lieberman, Byrne, Mattern, Watt, & Fernandez-Vivo, 2010 ): flexibility, cardiorespiratory endurance, muscle endurance, and muscle strength ( Lieberman & McHugh, 2001 ) in children and youth with VI compared with their sighted