2.4 Km Run 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.
The objective of the 2.4km (1½ miles) run test is to monitor the development of the athlete's aerobic capacity (VO2 max). You can use the test result for predicting an athlete's potential times at 1500m, 5k and 10k and assessing their pace judgement.
To undertake this test, you will require:
How to conduct the test
This test requires the athlete is to run 2.4km (6 laps of the track) as fast as possible
For an analysis of your VO2 max score see the VO2 max page.
Analysis of the test result is by comparing it with the athlete's previous results for this test. It is expected that, with appropriate training between each test, the analysis would indicate an improvement in the athlete's aerobic capacity (VO2 max).
Burger et al. (1990) verified this test as an accurate measure of aerobic capacity in a young male population.
This test is suitable for active athletes 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 guide to the athlete's potential future performance and a means to monitor the effect of training on the athlete's physical development.
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