RI State Police Training Academy Physical Assessment Qualification


This is the one-minute sit-up test which
measures muscular endurance of the abdominals. The test will count the
number of correct sit-ups completed in the one-minute duration. The positioning for the sit-up test is
as follows. To start the test you will be lying on the ground with your knees bent,
feet flat on the floor and hands interlaced and held behind the head. The
neck should remain in a neutral position without pulling or yanking on the head
with your hands. A partner will hold your feet down firmly with only his or her
hands. The up position is obtained when the elbows touch the knees. The down
position is obtained when the shoulder blades touch at the floor. If it is
necessary to rest during the test you may only do so in the up position while
maintaining the hands behind the head. Breathing during the test should remain
as normal as possible by exhaling on the way up and inhaling on the way down. At
no time should you hold your breath. A correct to sit-up will be counted each
time the up position is met while maintaining proper form. Correct sit-ups
will be indicated by a counter verbally announcing the number completed, or if
not counted then the counter will indicate why not counted. If at any time
the form is broken by raising the buttocks, unlocking the hands, not going
all the way up, pulling on the head or any deviation from protocol, then the
incorrect sit-ups will not be counted. If the continual incorrect form is deemed
unsafe to your health then the test may be terminated. This is the 1-minute push-up test to measure muscular endurance of the upper body, specifically
the anterior deltoid pectoralis major and triceps. The test will count the
number of correct push-ups completed in one minute. The positioning for the full
push-up test is as follows. Prior to beginning the test you will lie on the
ground, face down, feet together, hands slightly wider than shoulder width apart,
and fingers pointed forward. The body will form a straight line from the
ankles, through the knees, hips, back and shoulders to the head. To start the
test you will be in the up, planked position where the body forms a straight
line from the head to the ankles with the head in a neutral position, arms at
soft extension, and feet together. A test administrator or partner will place his
or her fist under your chest in the middle of the sternum to verify that the
down position has been obtained. If testing a female a three-inch high sponge
will be used in place of the fist. If it is necessary to rest during the test you
may only rest in the up position while maintaining the up, planked position
where the body forms a straight line from the head to the ankles with the
head in a neutral position, arms at soft extension and feet together. Breathing
during the test should remain as normal as possible by exhaling on the way up
and inhaling on the way down. At no time should you hold your breath. A correct
push-up will be counted each time the planked body is lowered from the up
position to the down position where the chest touches the fist or sponge and
returns to the up position with the arms at soft extension while maintaining
proper form. Correct push-ups will be indicated by a counter announcing the
number completed where they will indicate why not counted. If at any time
form is broken by raising or piking the buttocks, sagging the midsection of the
body, arching the back, lifting a hand or foot, not going all the way down or up,
lifting the neck or any deviation from protocol, then the incorrect push-ups
will not be counted. If the continual incorrect form is deemed unsafe to your
health then the test may be terminated. This is the 300 meter run test which
measures aerobic power. Prior to the test, you should warm up per your normal
training regimen. To begin the test you will gather at the starting line. At the
signal, begin to run as fast as possible until you reach the finish line. During the test, pacing devices, external assistance or devices that impair
individuals from hearing instructions will be prohibited. As you cross the
finish line your time will be recorded in minutes and seconds. After finishing
the test, continue to walk slowly for three to five minutes to cool down. Do
not stop moving. If at any time members run astray of the described course,
utilize any external assistance or any deviation from protocol, then the test
will be terminated and results will not be recorded. If you feel any distress
during or after the test then inform a test administrator and do not continue
the test. This is the 1.5 mile run test which provides an estimate of cardio
respiratory fitness level. The test will measure the time required to run 1.5
miles. Prior to the test you should warm up for your normal training regimen. To
start the test you will gather at the start line. At the signal, begin to run as
fast as possible until you reach the finish line or complete the correct
number of laps. During the test pacing devices, external assistance or
devices that impaired individuals from hearing instructions will be prohibited. Lap times will be provided during the test. As you cross the finish line your
time will be recorded in minutes and seconds. The finish time will be used to
estimate your cardio respiratory fitness level. After finishing the test, continue
to walk slowly for five minutes to cool down. Do not stop moving. If at any time
members run astray of the described course, utilize any external assistance
or any deviation from protocol, then the test will be terminated and results will
not be recorded. If you feel any distress during or after the test, then inform a
test administrator and do not continue the test.

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