Functional Capacity Testing

Last updated: February 17, 2016

What Does Functional Capacity Testing Mean?

Functional capacity testing measures the ability of an individual to physically perform work-related tasks. The test regimen designed to measure how well the individual will function within the workplace setting. Functional capacity testing may be conducted to determine a prospective employee’s ability to perform a job. It is also often employed to assess an employee’s residual functional capacity, or ability to return to work after an injury or disability. Functional capacity testing is also known as functional capacity evaluation (FCE) and may be part of a general medical assessment.


WorkplaceTesting Explains Functional Capacity Testing

Functional capacity testing may gauge the test subject’s strength, range of motion, stamina, and physical tolerance levels. Because work demands vary by job function, a functional capacity test is tailored to the job using a physical demands analysis of the given position. Most evaluators make use of one or more methods of assessment, selecting from commonly accepted tests to evaluate the most relevant types of physical requirements.



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