Testing and measurement are the means of collecting information upon which subsequent performance evaluations and decisions are made. In the analysis, we need to consider the factors influencing the results.
The Conconi test (Conconi 1982) is a simple measure of an individual's maximum, anaerobic and aerobic thresholds.
To perform the test, you require
How to conduct the test
Conducting the test on a 400m track
Conducting the Test on a Treadmill
I have been unable to locate any normative data for this test.
Calculation of Anaerobic and Aerobic Threshold
Determine the speed for every 200 metres, then for every 200 metres, plot speed versus heart rate on a graph. The graph gradually rises to start with and then flattens before rising again. This flattening in the graph indicates the athlete's anaerobic threshold. In the example, the Conconi graph below, this flattening appears to be around 182pm. A reasonable estimate for the aerobic threshold has proved to be the anaerobic threshold minus 20 bpm.
Alternatively, you can use the supplied Conconi AT Calculator to plot and determine the athlete's Anaerobic Threshold.
The result is analysed by comparing it with the results of previous tests. It is expected that the analysis would indicate an improvement in the athlete's anaerobic and aerobic thresholds with appropriate training between each test.
This test is suitable for endurance athletes and players of endurance sports (e.g. football, rugby) but not for individuals where the test would be contraindicated.
Test reliability refers to how a test is consistent and stable in measuring its intended 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 various factors influencing the results and test reliability. The following link provides various factors influencing the results and test reliability.
Research by Jones (1995) has shown a lack of reliability in Conconi's heart rate deflection point.
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.
The following are free Microsoft Excel spreadsheets that you can download and use on your computer.
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