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Explain in detail Harvard step test for measurement of Cardiovascular Fitness.

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Harvard Step Test Administration

Purpose: To measure the general capacity of the heart and circulatory system for measurement of cardio-vascular efficiency. 

Age level and sex: It is designed for college man by Brouha at Harvard University Laboratory. It is also modified to suit both sexes from Elementary school to college levei. 

Time Allotment: 5 minutes Facilities and Equipment: A stop watch, 20" height bench, partners, stethoscope, metronome. score sheet. 

Procedure: Stand facing the step-up bench. On the word 'ready go' count your steps for 5 minutes. Count as follow: left foot up, right foot up, left foot down, right foot down. (straightened the knees completely on top of the bench). At the end of the fifth minute give command 'stop' and ask the subject to sit down. Take the pulse rate at the wrist, exactly one minute later record the pulse rate for 30 seconds. 

Exactly 30 seconds later, again take and record the pulse rate for another 30 seconds. Again exactly 30 seconds later take the third recovery pulse rate for 30 seconds and record. So the recovery pulse count from 1 to 1 1/2, 2 to 2 1/2, 3 to 3 1/2. minutes alter exercise is completed.

Scoring: His fitness index is calculated by

PEI = Duration of exercise in second x 100/ 2 x sum of three pulse count

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