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The T-test is commonly used to assess an athlete's speed at directional changes.

What is the point?

Games players need a range of skills - speed, strength, endurance - but one of the most crucial is the ability to change direction quickly. It is important in games as diverse as netball and American Football.

The T-test is a quick and effective way for coaches to assess their players' ability to change direction at speed.

What do you need?

  • Flat surface
  • Four cones
  • A stop watch
  • An assistant
How do you do the test?

The course is set up as follows:

Three cones are set five metres apart in a straight line. A fourth cone is placed 10 metres from the middle cone to form a 'T'.

  • Start at the cone at the base of the 'T'
  • On the signal 'Go', the timer and the assessment start
  • The athlete runs to the middle cone and touches it
  • The athlete then side steps 5 metres to the left cone, touches it
  • The athlete then side steps 10 metres to the far cone and touches it
  • The athlete the side steps 5 metres back to the middle cone, touches it
  • The athlete then runs 10 metres backwards to the base of the 'T' and touches that cone
  • The assistant stops the watch

What results you'll get :

By running the test at regular intervals (pre-season, mid season etc) it is possible to track an athlete's progress and adjust the training program accordingly.

What is being measured again?

This test assess an athlete's ability to change direction quickly.




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