Cardiorespiratory Fitness Assessment

This video shows Dr. Evan Matthews discussing cardiorespiratory (aerobic) fitness assessment. The lecture also includes recommended testing order, a brief discussion on oxygen consumption, types of cardiorespiratory testing protocols, contraindications for exercise testing, indications for stopping a fitness test, and variables to measure during a cardiorespiratory fitness test. The information discussed is primarily geared towards the American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM) perspective. This video is specifically designed for use in an fitness assessment and exercise prescription course.

For more information it is recommended that you read the following:

American College of Sports Medicine
ACSM’s Resources for the Exercise Physiologist 2nd ed. Chapters 3.

American College of Sports Medicine
ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription 10th ed. Chapters 4.

Exercise testing order was adapted with alterations from:
Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning 4th Edition

Legal Considerations for Exercise Professionals

Body Composition Assessment for Health

Pre-Exercise Evaluation

Exercise Prescription for Cardiorespiratory Fitness

Body Composition Assessment Lecture

Bioenergetics Lecture

Aerobic Step

Heart Rate palpation

Manual Blood Pressure

Rating of Perceived Exertion (RPE)

Link to Dr. Evan Matthews website.

Errors found:

The slide found at 30:27 displays an error in the description of diastolic blood pressure. It was stated correctly verbally, but the written text describes systolic blood pressure instead of diastolic. Diastolic blood pressure should have been described as the blood pressure in the arteries when the heart is relaxed. You can see this error from the link below.

Last updated: (August 11, 2018)

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