Department of Education recently launched the “Advice guidance to schools regarding the use of physical fitness testing in Physical Education lessons”.

CSPPA researcher Brendan O’Keeffe was interviewed for RTE about the advice given.

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Teachers and Parents should read this document carefully, noting that maximal testing is ok even at primary school level for research purposes. Studies such as CSPPA rely on physical fitness tests to gauge a better understanding of the state of physical fitness of Irish children. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, CSPPA study did not collect any physical fitness test data. More reports from the CSPPA 2018 study to follow.