International Council for Physical Activity and Fitness Research (ICPAFR) is one of the oldest and most interdisciplinary physical activity-related scientific societies in the world and has a membership spanning a wide range of scientific disciplines. Its aim is the development of basic and applied research in physical activity and fitness in order to promote the quality of life most conducive to the realization of one’s highest creative potential through physical activity and fitness.
The ICPAFR with its initial name: International Committee for the Standardization of Physical Fitness Tests (ICPSPFT) was founded in 1964 in Tokyo, Japan, by a group of researchers in sports medicine, anthropometry, physiology of exercise and physical education, led by Prof. Leonard A. Larsen, U.S.A. The standardization process culminated in the publication of a book on standards of physical fitness and performance tests in 1974. The book was the result of nine years of work including six international Symposia and comparative research in many countries around the world which aimed at the standardization of the tests.
In 1973, in Jyväskylä, Finland, a decision was made to change the name of the Committee to the International Council for Physical Fitness Research. In 1992, in Leuven, Belgium, a further change was made to the current title: International Council for Physical Activity and Fitness Research (ICPAFR).
Since its foundation, the ICPAFR has already held 27 international Symposia in different countries around the world.