ALPHA adultos

imageBased on the currently available evidence, physical fitness assessment has become of interest not only from a sport performance point of view, but also and mainly from a clinical and public health point of view. In order to have a fitness-test battery to assessing fitness in an harmonized way across Europe and internationally, the European Commission funded the ALPHA project. Several working groups were established and the assessment of fitness in adults was the main responsibility of the UKK Institute in Finland, with a major participation of our research group representing the University of Granada, Spain, and the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden.

After systematically reviewing the literature and conducting a number of methodological studies, the ALPHA group proposed the ALPHA fitness-test battery to be used in adults. This batter included a number of field-based fitness tests that showed the highest reliability, validity and relation with future health.

Visit the website of the ALPHA projects where you will find the manual of operations and protocols to perform correctly the fitness tests proposed, as well as reference values for the interpretation of the assessment and videos showing how to perform and score the fitness tests correctly.


This work was supported by the European Union, in the framework of the Public Health Programme (ALPHA project, Ref: 2006120), the Swedish Council for Working Life and Social

Research (FAS), the Spanish Ministry of Education (EX-2007-1124; AP-2004-2745; and AP2005-4358), and the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science-FEDER funds (Acciones Complementarias DEP2007-29933-E).