What are the benefits of participating in FitBack?

About the project

  • 1,385,174 of European youths

    aged 6-19 on which fitness standards were created.

  • Compare physical fitness

    with fitness standards and peers across the Europe.

  • Make better decisions

    as a parent, PE teacher or policymaker.

  • Create your own monitoring

    the FitBack know-how supports designing your own fitness monitoring on personal, class, school, local community, regional or country level.

European children and youth fitness landscape

Collected data provides insight on the physical fitness of kids across the Europe.


Fitness Map

Gained insights

  • 109

    studies or databases were used to create European fitness standards.

  • 10

    million data points used to characterize fitness in European youth.

  • 1034

    of FitBack reports already generated.

  • 7

    national/regional fitness monitoring systems already established for youth in Europe.

Put yourself on the fitness landscape!


Monitoring fitness

Experts agree that children’s fitness should be monitored primarily in school settings.

Scientific background

“We need objective data about physical fitness as an essential part of promoting adequate physical literacy in the population. Having a solid grasp of one’s own physical fitness ensures that children and adolescents can choose to engage in, and maintain, purposeful physical activities throughout their lifetime, including benefitting from all the healthy outcomes associated with engaging in an active lifestyle.”

- Prof. Dr. Gregor Jurak, head of FitBack project and SLOfit® research group, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

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“Is the brain of fitter individuals different from that of less fit individuals? Yes, several investigations support that there are indeed important structural differences in the brain in people with different physical fitness levels.”

- Prof. Dr. Francisco B. Ortega, Co-director of the PROFITH research Group, School of Sport Sciences, University of Granada, Spain

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“Measuring the direct long-term response of an individual child to physical activity – their physical fitness – is a more reliable indicator of habitual physical activity, as well as providing a more stable factor in assessment of health risks.”

- Prof. Dr. Luis B. Sardinha, Co-founder of the FITescola®, Faculty of Human Kinetics, University of Lisbon, Portugal


To establish fitness monitoring system, it is vital to engage in the public health mechanisms of government to make child physical fitness a national health priority.

Check out the SLOfit team’s approach to engaging the public and government sectors in prioritising children and youth physical activity levels, especially during the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic.

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Benefit from FitBack

Teachers, coaches, doctors, parents: implement a fitness feedback surveillance system for your PE classes or training sessions and receive informative feedback.

Researchers: FitBack provides a high-visibility platform to disseminate the results of your own fitness study. By contributing to the FitBack project, you, your institution, and your country, will be officially involved in further development of the European fitness map and European physical fitness norms for children and youth.

Policymakers, communities: support public policy with evidence and share good practices.

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FitBack network


  • University of Iceland | University of Iceland
  • Coleção Zoológica da Universidade Federal de Sergipe | SiBBr
  • İstanbul Topkapı Üniversitesi - Vikipedi

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