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29. 8. 2012.

Shuttle Run Test

The objective of this test is to assess the athlete’s ability to accelerate between marked lines and to rapidly change direction.

Required resources

To undertake this test you will require:
  • 2 marked parallel lines 9.14m(30ft) apart
  • 2 wooden blocks 5cm x 5cm x 10cm
  • Stop watch
  • Assistant.

How to conduct the test

  • The athlete is required to sprint from the starting line to pick up a block and then place it on the ground behind the starting line. The athlete then sprints to pick up the second block and turns to sprint over the starting line.
  • The stopwatch is started on the command “Go” and stopped when the athlete’s chest crosses the line.
  • An attempt is not counted if the block is dropped rather than placed on the floor. Also the block must be placed behind and not on the line.
  • Repeat the test three times.
  • Record the best 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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