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 the Klatt tests (1988) is to assess an athlete's balance, stability and jumping as a prerequisite to undertaking a program of plyometrics.
To undertake this test, you will require:
How to conduct the test
Balance and Stability
These tests are performed in bare feet (shoes and socks off).
These tests should be performed wearing trainers.
Distances achieved with the bunny hop and the two single leg hops should be similar, squat depth similar and held for 10 seconds with minimal deviation and shaking.
On the single leg hops it is important the hips remain stable on landing - if not then single leg plyometric work should be avoided until hip stability can be maintained.
This test is suitable for pubescent male and female athletes.
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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