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The 30 metre Acceleration Performance Evaluation Test


To measure your raw power when it comes to speed, an acceleration test is the best thing to do.

This activity is a good one for anyone who is interested in testing their inate speed capacity.

What is the point?

The prime goal of this assessment is to determine how well an athlete is able to go from an absolute standstill to an all out pace in as little time as possible. The better the fast-twitch muscles are working in this individual, likely the better they will be able to perform.

The point of the 30 metre Acceleration Performance Evaluation test is to help measure how fast your body can go from a complete standstill to top speed.

What do you need?

  • 400 metre track that has a thirty metre section going in a straight line
  • a clock or stopwatch
  • an assistant

How do you do the test?

To start the acceleration test, you will begin in a standing position with the knees slightly bent, fully ready to take off instantaneously. The assessment will be made up of three individual trials, with your best score being recorded. Be sure that you are taking enough of a rest in between the trials however as this will be absolutely critical to the recovery you see.

  • As soon as your assistant says go and begins timing, take off and put your full effort ahead to reach the end of the finish.
  • Note that it is important to eat some type of meal with carbohydrates before performing this assessment, as the body will be requiring them for fuel.
  • Those on a low carb diet would most likely not be able to generate the power that is required for such an exercise.

What results you'll get :

After you've performed all three trials, compare your results with those from previous assessments that you've done (if applicable) and then also with the table below. (calculated for those aged sixteen to nineteen)

Poor Below average Average
Male 4.6 4.5 - 4.6 4.3 - 4.5
Female 5.0 4.9 - 5.0 4.7 - 4.8

What is being measured again?

These test measures your body's ability to go from stillness the the extreme capacity for speed and motion.




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