The 'L' Test
Testing and measurement are the means of collecting information upon which subsequent performance evaluations and decisions are made but in the analysis we need to bear in mind the factors that may influence the results.
To monitor the development of the athlete's speed with directional change. The 'L' Test is also known as the "3 Cone Test".
To undertake this test you will require:
How to conduct the test
This test requires the athlete to touch a series of cones set out in “L” shape as fast as possible. When required to touch a cone the athlete can do so with either foot.
Analysis of the result is by comparing it with the results of previous tests. It is expected that, with appropriate training between each test, the analysis would indicate an improvement in the athlete's speed.
This test is suitable for active athletes and where the activity includes directional change whilst playing (e.g. football, hockey, rugby) but not for individuals where the test would be contraindicated.
Test reliability refers to the degree to which a test is consistent and stable in measuring what it is intended to measure. Reliability will depend upon how strict the test is conducted and the individual's level of motivation to perform the test. The following link provides a variety of factors that may influence the results and therefore the test reliability.
Test validity refers to the degree to which the test actually measures what it claims to measure and the extent to which inferences, conclusions, and decisions made on the basis of test scores are appropriate and meaningful. This test provides a means to monitor the effect of training on the athlete's physical development.
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