this is a pretty broad question.
there are many things to test for:
flexibility – dynamic and static
movment pattern screens
How old is the boy? Why are you testing? What do you hope to see from the tests? What is the goal of the testing?
First,Tess,You have to obtain release from the doctor and read very carefully.Then You have to speak with teenager’s parents and find out may be child use inhalators against astma or he/she may be diabetic.After knowing all information and signing release from doctors and parents You definitely may try any fitness test on him/her.
I think Shawn did a great job of answering this question along with his comments. If it were me, I would throw as many assessments at him as possible. It’s important to keep in mind that a 14 year old is not fully developed.
Having said that, the young man may be able to do most anything if he is in good shape.
I would start off by doing some flexibility and functional movement assessments. Make sure he’s getting around well with his own weight before moving on to more difficult or loaded exercises. If he’s an athlete, then he’ll most likely benefit more from training “sport specific.” A football player needs different routines than a track star, although there is always overlap, or at least there should be!
Even further than that, what position is he playing on the team? Depending on the demands of his position, he’ll need a specific schedule to increase agility, speed, power, endurance, etc. All of these are important to any athlete, but as far as answering your question on what assessments to perform, more information is needed to give a very specific opinion here.
For instance, if this athlete is doing track, then he will not really benefit from an assessment of his maximum lifts. They can be used as a reference, but probably won’t serve to be of much benefit in organizing a program for him.
Hi Tess. I think that Sean and a couple of the other posters hit it on the head. First and foremost is getting the proper authorizations and permissions (of course). But most importantly, tailor the assessment to what it is that you are trying to establish a baseline for (in other words, “what am I assessing and why?”). Although there are certain common assessment parameters that I may include in everyone’s assessment, I believe that there should also be some assessment components that are specifically targeted to the particular client that you are working with. Here’s a “ridiculous example,” but I think you get the idea: While I may include an speed and agility test for a certain client, I wouldn’t perform it for an obese client whose goal is to reduce unhealthy body fat.
So, in my opinion, start with the end in mind! “What are our goals with this client, what are we needing/wanting to accomplish?’ and then decide on your assessment components based on that (with the caveat again that there are certain assessments that you want to include with ALL of your clients).
I hope that this helps.