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54 Examples of Physical Abilities

 , October 10, 2022
Physical abilities are capabilities and capacities related to the body. This includes the physical attributes of a person such as strength and elements of kinaesthetic intelligence such as balance. Physical abilities are helpful to various professions, jobs, tasks, activities and pursuits. It is also common for competition in areas such as sport and games to benefit from physical abilities. The following are common physical abilities.
Agility
Aiming
Arm-hand Steadiness
Balance & Equilibrium
Cardiovascular/Respiratory Endurance
Carrying
Climbing
Coordination
Crawling
Crouching
Depth Perception
Dexterity / Fine Motor Skills
Endurance of Flexibility (e.g. holding a difficult pose)
Endurance of Strength
Explosive Strength
Eye-hand Coordination
Far Visual Acuity
Finger Dexterity
Flexibility
Foot / Leg Control
Gripping
Handling Cold Weather / Cold Environments
Handling Hot Weather / Hot Environments
Hearing
Jumping
Kneeling
Lifting
Manual Dexterity
Near Visual Acuity
Neck Rotation
Peripheral Vision
Pulling
Pushing
Rate Control
Reaching Overhead
Reaction Time
Response Coordination
Running
Sense of Smell
Sense of Taste
Sitting / Sitting Endurance
Spatial Awareness
Speed
Stamina
Standing / Standing Endurance
Stooping
Trunk Strength
Vision
Walking
Wearing Protective Gear
Working at Heights
Working in Confined Spaces
Working in Excessive Noise
Working in Extreme Weather

Physical Abilities vs Physical Requirements

Physical requirements for things like job descriptions are very different from physical abilities. For example, a job description doesn't require specific abilities such as walking but rather requires general capacities such as moving. In other words, physical requirements avoid making assumptions about abilities but rather stick to the physical realities of a task or job.

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