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.