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    Interpreting performance on physical fitness assessments

    While the assessments in the FITNESSGRAM have good reliability and validity, the results of the tests should still be used as only rough indicators. A number of factors can influence fitness scores including maturation and development can have a major impact on a child’s fitness scores. A child’s fitness level and response to training are also determined to a great degree by their genetics. Some children will improve performance more rapidly than others. Some children will be able to perform at a much higher level than others regardless of training levels. Rather than emphasize a child’s fitness scores, it is more important to emphasize involvement in regular physical activity.