What Is Functional Capacity Test?
Functional capacity test (FCT) is a test that measures your ability to perform specific tasks, such as lifting or carrying objects. You might need to lift something heavy, carry something heavy, or do some other task that requires strength and endurance. Some tests are easier than others and require different types of exercises.
The FCT is used to determine if you have the physical capabilities needed to safely perform certain activities. If you cannot complete these tasks, then it means that your mental abilities are not up to par and therefore you may be at risk of falling behind in school or work.
A functional capacity test consists of three parts:
1. Physical Tests
2. Mental Tests
3. Assessment of Results
Physical Tests: These tests measure your strength, speed, agility, balance and coordination. They include things like pushups, sit ups and jumping jacks. The goal is to see how well you can perform these tasks while using minimal energy and with little rest time between each set of tests.
Mental Tests: This is probably the most important part of the examination. These tests are used to assess your mental acuity. This includes learning new information, following directions and having a general knowledge base.
What Are Some Kinds of Functional Capacity Tests?
There are many tests that can be used to see what kind of physical shape you’re in. They are broken down into three main categories; endurance, strength and explosive power.
Endurance Tests: These test your ability to perform repeated motions. They include things like pushups, pull ups and sit-ups. The goal is to see how many you can do in a row before stopping.
Strength Tests: These test your one time maximum performance of a certain movement. They include things like lifting a heavy load or doing a single jump. The goal is to see how much you can lift or how far you can jump.
Explosive Power Tests: These test your muscles’ ability to create maximum force in the shortest period of time. They include things like jumping and throwing something. The goal is to see how high or how far you can perform these tasks.
What Does My Score Mean?
Your physical abilities are then compared to the scores of others in your same age group or gender, depending on what the test measures.
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