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pertaining to the body, to material things, or to physics.
physical fitness a state of physiologic well being that is achieved through a combination of good diet, regular physical exercise, and other practices that promote good health.
physical therapist a rehabilitation professional who promotes optimal health and functional independence through the application of scientific principles to prevent, identify, assess, correct, or alleviate acute or chronic movement dysfunction, physical disability, or pain. A physical therapist is a graduate of a physical therapy program approved by a nationally recognized accrediting body or has achieved the documented equivalent in education, training, or experience; in addition, the therapist must meet any current legal requirements of licensure or registration and be currently competent in the field.

Persons wishing to practice as qualified physical therapists must be licensed. All 50 states of the United States, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico require such licensure. All applicants for licensure must have a degree or certificate from an accredited physical therapy educational program. To qualify for licensure they must pass a state licensure examination.

Physical therapy assistants and aides work under the supervision of professional physical therapists. Training requirements for physical therapy assistants are not uniform throughout the United States. In 39 of the states licensure is available to graduates of an accredited two-year associate degree program; some require the passing of a written examination. Physical therapy aides can qualify for that position by training on the job in hospitals and other health care facilities.

Further information about the curriculum for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants, available programs of study, requirements for practice, and other relevant information can be obtained by contacting the American Physical Therapy Association, 1111 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314, telephone (703) 684–2782.
physical therapy the profession practiced by licensed physical therapists. According to guidelines published by the American Physical Therapy Association, physical therapy should be defined as the examination, treatment, and instruction of persons in order to detect, assess, prevent, correct, alleviate, and limit physical disability and bodily malfunction. The practice of physical therapy includes the administration, interpretation, and evaluation of tests and measurements of bodily functions and structures and the planning, administration, evaluation, and modification of treatment and instruction, including the use of physical measures, activities, and devices, for preventive and therapeutic purposes. Additionally, it provides consultative, educational, and other advisory services for the purpose of reducing the incidence and severity of physical disability, bodily malfunction, movement dysfunction, and pain.
chest physical therapy a form of respiratory therapy in which the patient is positioned to facilitate removal of secretions (postural drainage) and the chest wall is clapped to help loosen the secretions (percussion).
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

phys·i·cal fit·ness

a state of well-being in which performance is optimal.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

physical fitness

Public health A state of physical well-being and higher-than-average tolerance to ↑ cardiovascular activity; PF is defined by exercise test tolerance to a standard treadmill protocol, which requires a cardiovascular 'reserve'; the degree to which a person meets or exceeds expected working capacity according to body weight; there is '…a graded, inverse association between physical fitness and mortality from cardiovascular causes …independent of age and conventional coronary risk factors.' See Exercise, Obesity.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

phys·i·cal fit·ness

(fiz'i-kăl fit'nĕs)
A set of attributes relating to one's ability to perform physical activity; primary marker variable is maximal oxygen consumption.
See also: health-related physical fitness
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

phys·i·cal fit·ness

(fiz'i-kăl fit'nĕs)
A set of attributes relating to one's ability to perform physical activity.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about physical fitness

Q. Do you exercise at all? If so, what exercise do you perform and why? What are it's benefits? I am looking to incorporate different routines and exercises into my workouts and would like your assistance.

A. i do 60 pushups,60 situps, and run 2 miles in 15 mins. then lift weights,my whole work out lasts about an hour a day.

Q. What do you eat after a workout? What do you recommend a person eat after a cardio session? what about a lifting session?

A. I hear swimming is good for you also. Very low impact and the benefits are amazing.

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VO2max, an internationally accepted parameter to of endurance and power of adolescent's fitness is probably the most important aspect of physical fitness because of its vitality to good health and optimal physical performance.
As with previous research (32), all health-related physical fitness tests conducted were consistent with the NFPA Standard 1582 (25) and 1583 (26) guidelines.
'Our findings suggest that prior levels of physical activity did not influence the association between cognitive performance and physical fitness. This means it is never too late to start,' explained Davelaar.
National Senior Health & Fitness Day is always held on the last Wednesday in May in support of Older Americans Month and National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.
In preschool children, a new model has recently suggested a reciprocal and developmentally dynamic relationship between PA and motor skill competence, which could possibly be mediated by physical fitness to a significant degree [16], while other studies have described that PA is positively, although weakly, related to different motor skills in school and preschool children [10, 17, 18].
Physical fitness implies not only the absence of disabling deformity or disease and the capacity to perform a sedentary task efficiently, but also a sense of physical well-being and the capacity to deal with emergencies demanding unaccustomed physical effort.
The effectiveness of Soldiers depends in large part on their physical fitness. Due to the diverse nature of military operations, the Army requires its Soldiers to possess a high level of strength, stamina, agility, resiliency, and coordination which are the factors of physical fitness this study uses for analysis.
Further, the team found that the link between poor self-assessment of physical fitness and dementia was strongest among people with chronic illnesses and those who did not carry the APOE4 gene (which is thought to associate with dementia).
Besides the subjective criteria of health, there is objective one, which are based on the physiology phenomenon such as heart function and physical fitness [9].
IN a big relief to applicants, the Delhi University ( DU) has decided to conduct a centralised physical fitness test for undergraduate admissions under its sports quota unlike earlier when each college conducted a separate test followed by sports trial.