Physical Effort Testing

Last updated: May 30, 2020

What Does Physical Effort Testing Mean?

Physical effort testing refers to an integral component of a functional capacity evaluation, or FCE, that is usually performed on an employee recovering from an injury. Physical effort testing incorporates a systematic evaluation of specific measurable factors including strength, endurance, speed, and duration that are applicable to a physically-demanding job. The results from physical effort testing can determine whether an individual is ready and able return to work based on the level of activity corresponding to test analyses.


WorkplaceTesting Explains Physical Effort Testing

Physical effort testing pertains to a critical aspect of a functional capacity evaluation, or FCE, which serves as a definitive assessment of variable factors including strength, agility, speed, endurance, and duration work capabilities of an employee who previously sustained an injury.

Physical effort testing applies and gauges isometric, cardiovascular, and behavioral rehabilitative methodologies that provide a baseline for reintroducing employees back in to a particular line of work followed by a set of restrictive duties contingent on recovery status.


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