A new method for evaluating physical fitness, based on the use of a grid to aid in this purpose, is described in the present paper. The method is particularly adapted to clinical work, since it requires as initial measurements merely routine data on weight, height and age. In return for these data, and these alone, it supplies objective ratings on physique (body build), development, nutritional grade, physical status and age advancement and, in addition, information on certain other items of importance. A concrete record is thus constructed which complements the subjective result gained by clinical examination. It is, therefore, a special purpose of this paper to show how the grid may aid medical examiners in judging the individual physical state and progress during the long period extending from the close of infancy to fully established maturity.
THE NEED FOR A NEW METHOD
The need for an instrument of
WETZEL NC. PHYSICAL FITNESS IN TERMS OF PHYSIQUE, DEVELOPMENT AND BASAL METABOLISM: WITH A GUIDE TO INDIVIDUAL PROGRESS FROM INFANCY TO MATURITY: A NEW METHOD FOR EVALUATION. JAMA. 1941;116(12):1187–1195. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820120001001
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