Table 1

Description of the Eurofit test components, dimensions tested and units of measurement.

Test component



Unit of measurement

Flamingo balance


Standing for 1 minute on one leg, while holding the other leg bend backwards in one hand

Number of attempts that were needed

Plate tapping


Tapping 2 plates (edges 60 cm apart) alternately, with the preferred hand, until each plate was touched 25 times.

Time needed measured to the nearest 0.1 second.

Sit and reach


Bending the trunk and reaching forward as far as possible while sitting on the floor with stretched legs and with the feet placed against a test box with a ruler placed on the top of the box.

Difference between feet soles and the tip of the largest finger measured in cm.

Standing broad jump


Jumping from standing position

Distance in cm



Squeezing a hand-dynamo meter as hard as possible with preferred hand

Kg to nearest 0.5 kg



Making as many sit ups as possible for 30 sec

Number of sit ups

Bent-arm hang


Maintaining a bent arm position with an over-grip as long as possible while hanging from a bar.

Duration measured to the nearest 0.1 sec.

10 × 5 m shuttle run

Speed agility

Running as fast as possible 10 times between 2 lines, 5 m apart.

Time in sec.

20 m shuttle run


Running 20 m forth and back with an initial running pace of 8.0 km/h and a progressive 0.5 km/min raise of the running speed given by a sound.

Last completed stage with a precision of 0.5.

Jansen et al. BMC Public Health 2008 8:257   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-8-257

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