400 Meter Sprint Test. 400 meter sprint using anaerobic lactat energy system. Measurement of physical fitness can focus on energy system that was influenced sport performance. The purpose of this test is to measure the development of the athlete's lactic anaerobic power and capacity and leg speed.
To undertake this test you will require:
• 400 meter track
• Stop watch
How to conduct the test
The test is conducted as follows:
• Place a cone every 50 meter around the 400 meter track
• Athlete use a standing start with leading foot behind the starting line
• On the command "Go", the athlete sprints as fast as possible around the 400 meter track
• Assistant records the time past each cone and the final 400 meter time.
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.
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 no published tables to relate results to potential performance in competition.
Reference: Brian Mackenzie, 2005. 101 Performance Evaluation Test