Professional studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The aim of the course is that the student gets an insight in the field of fitness testing in Finland. The student is provided both theoretical and practical view into the world of exercise testing and test physiology by conducting the tests practically by her/himself. The student can apply this know-how in order to promote health and physical activity and in order to plan training for different target groups. The student knows the basic values and the professional ethics in the field of fitness testning.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course it is expected that the student
- can perform the most common fitness tests
- is familiar with the testing equipment which is used in the most common fitness tests
- knows how to interpret the results of the most common fitness tests
- knows the contents, theoretical background and application areas of different test methods
- can choose suitable tests for different target groups
- knows his/her own responsibility when performing exercise tests
- knows what high-quality fitness testing means

Course contents

- General things (safety, quality, ethics etc.) about fitness testing
- Anthropometry
- Endurance testing
- Strength and speed testing
- Balance and flexibility testing

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Anatomy and Physiology, Exercise physiology, Science of sport coaching

Additional information

Attendance is compulsory at the practices.

Recommended or required reading

- Thompson, W.R., Gordon, N.F. & Pescatello, L.S. (ed.) 2010. ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription. Eight Edition. Wolters Kluwer, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
- Dwyer, G.B. & Davis, S.E. (ed) 2005. ACSM’s Health-related Physical Fitness Assessment Manual. Wolters Kluwer, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
- Tanner, R. & Gore, C. (ed) 2013. Physiological tests for elite athletes. Second Edition. Human Kinetics.
- Åstrand, P.-O., Rodahl, K., Dahl, H.A. & Stromme, S.B. 2003. Textbook of Work Physiology. Physiological Bases of Exercise. Fourth Edition. Human Kinetics.
- Scientific articles.

Study activities

  • Lectures - 20 hours
  • Practical exercises - 30 hours
  • Project- and production work/artistic activities - 45 hours
  • Individual studies - 40 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 135 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 135 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

  • Demonstrations and proficiency exams
  • Essays, reports, productions and portfolio

Assessment requirements

Grade of the test reports define the course grade.

In addition, it is demanded
- passed written reports in the theory part
- active participation in the practices
- that every assignment is done and returned on time according to the instructions


Ruutu Katri


Ruutu Katri

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

Assessment methods

  • Date will be announced later - Demonstrations and presentations
  • 2015-05-18 - Reports and productions

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