In a study performed on 223 active-duty US Airmen, researchers from the Air Force Institute of Technology evaluated whether it was possible to use a combination of demographic, biomechanical, and psychosocial factors to predict whether active-duty members of the U.S. Air Force would fail the Air Force Physical Fitness Test (APFT).
Check out the full paper in MPDI, or read the key findings below:
- A combination of biomechanical and psychosocial factors can be used to predict the result of Air Force Physical Fitness Tests in active-duty airmen with a high degree of accuracy
- Airmen who reported poor sleep quality, a recent injury resulting in physical restriction, or low fitness satisfaction and those with higher body mass index were at greater risk of fitness test failure
- Neural networks outperformed more traditional statistical models in predicting fitness test results