The Jumps Decathlon Fitness Test

Friday, September 1, 2017

The Jumps Decathlon Fitness Test

Jumps Decathlon. This article will discuss the Complete procedure for conducting the jumps decathlon fitness test. The Jumps Decathlon is easy to carry out and is an excellent way to test an athlete's elastic strength and can use for developing jumping skills as well as specific strength.

The Jumps Decathlon Test

The jumps decathlon comprises 10 events:
  1. Standing long jump
  2. Standing triple jump
  3. 2 hops, step, and jump
  4. 2 hops, 2 steps, and jump
  5. 2 hops, 2 steps, and 2 jumps
  6. 5 spring jumps (bunny hops)
  7. Standing 4 hops and jump
  8. Running 4 hops and jump
  9. 25 meters hop for time 
  10. 5 strides long jump.
Practical uses
The Jumps Decathlon can be used to gauge whether an athlete is becoming more powerful. The benefits are threefold:
  1. If the athlete's scores increase, then their power has increased
  2. Weakness can be identified if the athlete underscores and these areas can be worked on
  3. Motivational help during the long winter months.
The Jumps Decathlon Fitness Test

How to conduct the test

For each event allow two three successful attempts recording the best distance/time.
  1. Standing long jump - Place feet over the edge of the sandpit. The athlete crouches, leans forward, swings their arms backward, then jumps horizontally as far as possible, jumping with both feet into the sandpit. Measure from the edge of the sandpit to the nearest point of contact. The start of the jump must be from a static position.
  2. Standing triple jump - Take-off foot to remain in flat contact with the ground and free swinging of the non-contact leg can be used
  3. 2 hops, step, and jump - As per standing triple jump
  4. 2 hops, 2 steps, and jump - As per standing triple jump
  5. 2 hops, 2 steps and 2 jumps - The second jump is a two footed take off
  6. 5 spring jumps (Bunny hops) - 5 successive two-footed bounds (bunny hops) with the feet kept together in a continuous movement
  7. Standing 4 hops and a jump - As per standing triple jump - repeat test for each leg and record the mean distance
  8. Running 4 hops and jump - Length of run unlimited - repeat test for each leg and record the mean distance
  9. 25-metre hop - Start from a standing position - repeat test for each leg and record the mean time
  10. 5 stride long jump - Normal long jump rules apply.
Analysis
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.

Points are allocated from the Jumps Decathlon tables depending on the distance or time achieved. Scores should be compared with the athlete's previous scores to determine the level of improvement. Competition can be based on the improvement from the previous test for each event.


Standing long jump
= -19.40182 + (D x 34.38485) + (D x D x -0.636364)
Standing Triple jump
= -35.50103 + (D x 12.53057) + (D x D x 0.0344445)
2 hops, step and jump
= -45.46265 + (D x 12.876771) + (D x D x -0.129795)
2 hops, 2 steps and jump
= -52.96077 + (D x 10.128824) + (D x D x-0.018391)
2 hops, 2 steps and 2 jumps
= -74.64828 + (D x 12.458996) + (D x D x -0.174359)
5 spring jumps (Bunny hops)
= -68.09148 + (D x 12.173418) + (Dx D x -0.136018)
Standing 4 hops and jump
= -56 97374 + (D x 10.563032) + (D x D x-O.095043)
Running4 hops and jump
= -55,31376 + (D x 7.5941124) + (D x D x -0.044598)
25 metre hop for time
= 99.540643 + (T x 4.2533081) + (T x T x-1.512287)
5 stride long jump
= -13.07164 + (D x 2.9149238) + (D x D x 1 73309)


D = Distance and T = Time

Target group
This test is suitable for jumpers (eg long jump, high jump) but not for individuals where the test would be contraindicated.

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

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

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

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