Blood Lactate Response to the Canadian Aerobic Fitness Test (CAFT)
DEFENCE AND CIVIL INST OF ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE DOWNSVIEW (ONTARIO)
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The Canadian Standard Test of Fitness CSTF was developed over two decades ago. It includes assessments of maximal aerobic power VO2max, muscular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility, and body composition. A stepping exercise test, called the Canadian Aerobic Fitness Test CAFT, is used to estimate VO2max Fitness and Amateur Sport, 1986. Depending upon the stage of the step test of which an individual can progress and the heart rate attained during that stage, an individuals VO2max is calculated and a gross fitness category is assigned. The individuals age, weight, and sex are also taken into consideration when calculating the VO2max. The CAFT was originally developed as a tool to motivate Canadians to determine and enhance their fitness. Recently the Canadian Forces CF adopted the CSTF procedures for assessing fitness in their personnel. For this population, low scores from these assessments may limit career progress andor result in dismissal. The accuracy of the test battery thus assumes considerable importance.