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29. 8. 2012.

400 metre sprint test

The objective of this test is to monitor the development of the athlete’s lactic anaerobic power and capacity and leg speed.

Required resources

To undertake this test you will require:
  • 400m track
  • Cones
  • Stopwatch
  • Assistant.

How to conduct the test

The test is conducted as follows:
  • Place a cone every 50m around the 400m 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 400m track.
  • Assistant records the time past each cone and the final 400m 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.

Target group

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.

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