400 metre Control Tests
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 speed, speed endurance of a 400-metre athlete.
To undertake this test you will require:
How to conduct the test
This test requires the athlete to undertake a series of sprints, with recovery, over 150-metres, 300-metres and 600-metres.
Speed Endurance Index
If the athlete's speed endurance index is greater than the target index value and provided the 150-metre time is in line with training targets, then more speed endurance work (lactic anaerobic) is indicated.
Strength & General Endurance Index
If the athlete's strength & general endurance index is greater than the target index value and provided the 300-metre time is in line with training targets, then more strength and general endurance work (aerobic) is indicated.
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 400-metre speed and speed endurance.
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 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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