Before investing millions of dollars, National Football League teams conduct multiple tests to determine whether promising young players can perform up to expectations. Everyday employers nowadays also are increasingly relying on sophisticated physical assessment tools that can improve hiring practices.

“Companies have had drug, alcohol and other types of screenings but never a physical aptitude screening,” said Jim Lewis, director of business development for Key Functional Assessments in Carlsbad, Calif. “In the past, employers have determined the health of new hires but not their capacity for doing the job. There are major hard and soft costs if you hire someone who can’t do the job or if they get disillusioned and leave.”

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