Sports Coach Logo Sports Coach Logo

            topics

 

text Translator

 

 

site search facility

 


 

 


 

Tecumseh Step Test

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.

Objective

The objective of this test is to monitor the development of the athlete's cardio respiratory fitness.

Required Resources

To undertake this test you will require:

  • Gym bench or step (8 inches/20.3 cm high)
  • Stopwatch
  • Assistant

How to conduct the test

This test requires the athlete to step up and down on a bench/step for 3 minutes at a rate of  24 steps/minute

  • The athlete warms up for 10 minutes
  • The assistant gives the command “GO”, starts the stopwatch and the athlete commences the test
  • The assistant helps the athlete maintain the 24 steps/minute pace
  • The assistant stops the test after 3 minutes
  • The assistant records the athlete's heart rate 30 seconds after completing the test
Step up  Step Up

Assessment

The following normative data is available for this test.

The following table, adapted from McArdle et al. (2000)[1], is for Male athletes over the age of 19. (Heart rate is beats/min)

Classification 20-29 30-39 40-49 49+
Excellent <72 <77 <80 <82
Very Good 72-80 77-81 80-83 82-85
Good 81-85 82-86 84-88 86-90
Fair 86-93 87-94 87-96 91-98
Low 94-102 95-103 97-104 99-106
Poor >102 >103 >104 >106

The following table, adapted from McArdle et al. (2000)[1], is for Female athletes over the age of 19. (Heart rate is beats/min)

Classification 20-29 30-39 40-49 49+
Excellent <86 <87 <88 <90
Very Good 86-89 87-90 88-91 90-94
Good 90-93 91-95 92-97 95-99
Fair 94-105 96-107 98-109 100-111
Low 106-113 108-114 110-115 112-117
Poor >113 >114 >115 >117

For an evaluation of the athlete's performance select the age group and gender, enter the number of beats in 30 seconds and then select the 'Calculate' button.

Age Gender Beats in 30 seconds     Assessment -

Analysis

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 level of fitness.

Target Group

This test is suitable for active and sedentary athletes but not for individuals where the test would be contraindicated.

Reliability

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.

Validity

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.

Advantages

  • Minimal equipment required
  • Simple to set up and conduct
  • Can be conducted almost anywhere

Disadvantages

  • Assistant required to administer the test


References

  1. McARDLE, W.D. et al. (2000) Training the anaerobic and aerobic energy systems. In: McARDLE, W.D. et al., 2nd ed. Essentials of Exercise Physiology, USA: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, p. 365

Related References

The following references provide additional information on this topic:

  • REILLY, T. and Tipton, M. (2010) A sub-maximal occupational aerobic fitness test alternative, when the use of heart rate is not appropriate. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation, 36 (3), p. 333-337
  • MONTOYE, H. J. et al. (1969) Heart rate response to a modified Harvard step test: males and females, age 10–69. Research Quarterly. American Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation, 40 (1), p. 153-162

Page Reference

If you quote information from this page in your work then the reference for this page is:

  • MACKENZIE, B. (2002) Tecumseh Step Test [WWW] Available from: https://www.brianmac.co.uk/tecumseh.htm [Accessed

Related Pages

The following Sports Coach pages provide additional information on this topic: