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Chin Up 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.

Objective

The objective of the Chins Test is to monitor the development of the athlete's arm and shoulder muscular endurance.

Required Resources

To undertake this test you will require :

  • Chinning bar
  • Assistant

How to conduct the test

  • The athlete warms up for 10 minutes
  • The athlete hangs from the bar with the palms of their hands facing them and arms straight (start position)
  • The athlete, using the arms, pulls the body up until the chin is above the bar and then lowers the body to the start position
  • The athlete continues with the pull ups until they are unable to continue or let go of the bar
  • The assistant counts and records the number of successfully completed pull ups
Chin Up test - start Chin Up Test - finish

Assessment

The following are national norms for ages 16 to 19. (Davis et al. 2000)[1]

Gender Excellent Above Average Average Below Average Poor
Male >13 9 - 13 6 - 8 3 - 5 <3
Female >6 5 - 6 3 - 4 1 - 2 0

For an evaluation of the athlete's performance select the gender, enter the number of chins and then select the 'Calculate' button.

Gender   Number of Chins     Assessment

Calculations are based on the normative data table

 

Analysis

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 arm and shoulder strength endurance.

Target Group

This test is suitable for active individuals but not for those where the test would be contraindicated.

Reliability

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.

Validity

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.

Advantages

  • Minimal equipment required
  • Simple to set up and conduct

Disadvantages

  • Specialist equipment required
  • Assistant required to administer the test


References

  1. DAVIS, B. et al. (2000) Physical Education and the study of sport. 4th ed. London: Harcourt Publishers. p. 124

Page Reference

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  • MACKENZIE, B. (2004) Chin Up Test [WWW] Available from: https://www.brianmac.co.uk/chinstst.htm [Accessed

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