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400m predictor test
The 400m Predictor Test allows a coach to gauge an athlete's potential without them running the full distance.
|What is the point?
Frank Horwill's 400m Predictor Test involves the athlete running 40 yards (36.6 metres) from a standing (crouch) start. This test is used to predict an athlete's potential 400 metre time. This can be useful when testing a large group of athletes in a limited period of time. It also allows untrained athletes to have an estimate of their potential.
What do you need?
- 400 metre track
- Stop watch
- An assistant
|How do you do the test?
- From a standing (crouch) start, run 40 yards (36.6 metres)
- Record the time
- Repeat the test 3 times with three minutes rest between each test
- Note the best time
What results you'll get :
Your potential 400m time, in seconds, can be calculated as follows:
- Male athletes = (Time for 40 yards ? 10) + 2
- Female athletes = (Time for 40 yards ? 10) + 4
To make best use of this information, repeat the assessment at various times throughout the season and compare times.
What is being measured again?
This is an effective predictor of an athlete's potential time over 400m.