Multistage Hurdle Jump Test
The Multistage Hurdle Test is a test of agility and lower body strength endurance, by counting the number of jumps over a hurdle in two 20 second periods and calculates a fatigue index. This test is part of the SPARQ testing protocols for basketball.
- purpose: The aim of the test is to measure foot quickness, body control, and ‘repeated effort’ ability.
- equipment required: a stopwatch, SPARQ Soft Endurance Hurdle (12" high) or equivalent, 2 x timing mats (such as the JustJump) (optional).
- procedure: Place the timing mats on either side of the hurdle. If no timing mats are available, you can manually count the number of jumps. The athlete stands comfortably on one side with both feet flat on the ground, perpendicular to the hurdle. The timing starts from the first movement. The athlete jumps off both feet and lands on both feet on the other side of the hurdle, then back again. The test continues for 20 seconds, with the total number of jumps counted. After a 20 second rest interval, the test is repeated. (see multistage hurdle jump video example)
- scoring: The total number of completed jumps in the time period (40 seconds) is recorded, and also recovery (fatigue) index is calculated as the number of 2nd-stage jumps as a percentage of 1st stage jumps.