Speed Test with Lateral Change of Direction Test

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Speed Test with Lateral Change of Direction Test

Speed Test with Lateral Change of Direction Test

Speed Test with Lateral Change of Direction Test. The objective of this test is to assess the development of the athlete's speed with directional change.

Required resources
To undertake this test you will require:
  • Flat surface - track
  • 3 cones
  • Stop watch
  • Assistant.
How to conduct the test
  • The 3 cones are set 5 meters apart on a straight line
  • The athlete starts at the middle cone
  • The assistant gives the signal to start and points in a specific direction, right or left
  • The athlete moves to and touches the first cone, returns past the middle cone (start) to the far cone and touches that one and then returns to the middle cone, touching that one
  • The assistant starts the stop watch on giving the 'Go'command and stops the watch when the athlete touches the middle cone
  • The better of two trails in each starting direction, right and left, are recorded and the best score in each direction is used for scoring.
Lateral Change of Direction Test
    Analysis of the result is by comparing it with the results of previous tests. It is expected that, with appropriate training between each test, the analysis would indicate an improvement.

    Normative data for the lateral change of direction test
    The following data has been obtained from the results of tests conducted with world class athletes.
    3 22-3.37 secs
    2.90-3.05 secs
    3.38-3.53 secs
    3.06-3.21 secs
    3.54-3.69 sees
    3.22-3.37 secs
    3.70-3.85 secs
    3.38-3.53 secs
    3 86-4.01 secs
    3.54-3.69 secs
    4.02-4.17 secs
    3.70-3.85 secs
    4.18-4.33 secs
    3.86-4.01 secs
    4.34-4;49 secs
    4.02-4.17 secs
    4.50-4.65 secs
    4.18-4.33 secs
    4.66-4.81 secs
    4.34-4.49 secs
    Table reference: D.A. Chu; Explosive Power and Strength; Human Kinetics; 1996

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

    Reliability would depend upon how strict the test is conducted and the individual's level of motivation to perform the test.

    There are published tables to relate results to a potential level of fitness and the correlation is high.

    Mackenzie, Brian. 2005. 101 Performance Evaluation Test. Electric World Plc. London.