400m Drop Off 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 this test is to monitor the athlete's anaerobic efficiency.
To undertake this test, you will require:
How to conduct the test
This test requires the athlete to sprint 100 metres and after a short recovery sprint 400 metres.
The aim is always to reduce the 'drop off' time by increasing anaerobic efficiency. A top female 400m athlete will have a drop off' time of around 0.7 seconds.
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 anaerobic efficiency.
This test is suitable for sprinters 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 measures what it claims to measure and the extent to which inferences, conclusions, and decisions based on 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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