Fitness Score system can be effectively used for personnel selection, monitoring and testing, which is important for safety assurance in the Army, Navy, Police, Air Force and other safety-critical professions.
Personnel selection and monitoring
Application of Fitness Score system for personnel selection purpose is based on its unique capacity for revealing an individual’s functional ability or dysfunction.
An individual’s fitness level can range “Top achiever” if they score within the blue zone in the top left-hand corner to the “Lowest achiever” if they score within the red zone in the bottom right-hand corner.
The most common cause placing individuals in this marker is the so-called “acute state” which may be caused by different factors, including:
- extreme overexertion;
- psycho-emotional stress;
- rapidly developing infections and intoxications.
The acute state may be caused by some other factors too, but all of them create a roughly identical “wave portrait.”
Fitness Score system opens new possibilities for safe-critical professions where public safety is of primary concern. These include pilots, air traffic controllers, and military personnel. Much higher standards of safety assurance are achieved by Fitness Score testing of “critical” personnel prior to “critical task” performance. Such testing is highly sensitive in detecting intoxication, tiredness, infection or any other deviation from the “norm”. What is even more important, such testing cannot be misled by any human trick as it measures objective physiological parameters that are beyond conscious human control.
In order for testing to be accurate, it is necessary to first establish an individual “norm” for each person by testing his or her three to five times on different days. The best result should be considered his/her “normal” fitness score. These tests will also show permissible deviations from an individual’s norm. For example, the individual norm was defined as a score 7.2 as shown in the figure on the right. All deviations from an individual norm are shown as pink dots on the diagram, defining the range of fitness scores of this employee before the beginning of his working shift. A trained professional who knows the medical and psycho-emotional condition of the employees should supervise and interpret all tests.
All subsequent tests will monitor the individual’s fitness state. Once the range of the individual’s deviations is established, special attention should be paid to all scores that lie outside the range. The charts on the right show the difference between an individual’s normal fitness score (7.2) and the same person’s score eight hours after the ingestion of alcoholic beverages (12.6), which demonstrates a significant deviation from the norm.