Harvard Step Test
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 Harvard Step Test was developed by Brouha et al. (1943)
This test aims to monitor the development of the athlete's cardiovascular system.
To conduct this test, you will require:
How to conduct the test
This test requires the athlete to step up and down off a 45cm high gym bench for 5 minutes at a rate of 30 steps/minute
The test result is analysed 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 fitness level.
This test is suitable for active and sedentary athletes 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.
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 athlete's physical development.
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