Sit & Reach 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 bear in mind the factors that may influence the results.
This test aims to monitor the development of the athlete's lower back and hamstring flexibility.
To conduct this test, you will require:
How to conduct the test
The Sit and Reach Test is conducted as follows:
The following normative data is available for this test.
The following table is for 16 to 19-year-olds (Davis et al. 2000, p. 126):
Analysis of the test result compares 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 flexibility.
This test is suitable for active individuals but not for those where the test would be contraindicated.
Test reliability refers to how 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 various factors that may influence the results and therefore, 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 training on the athlete's physical development.
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