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step test

test of aerobic fitness involving stepping up and down with alternate legs for a predetermined period followed by a series of measurements of postexercise heart rate, to determine its rate of return to resting level. Variants in current use include those prescribed by the YMCA and the Association College of Sports Medicine. The original Harvard step test, devised in the 1940s, used a higher step and longer exercise period (up and down 20 inches, every 2 s, for up to 5 min) than in most recent specifications.
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The Harvard Step Test (13) is economical and reliable test under field conditions to measure physical fitness.
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2] max under field conditions is a difficult task and therefore the Harvard step test was used to measure physical fitness under field conditions.

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