The sonic-test is a repeat sprint test which assesses anaerobic abilities of athletes in team sports (soccer, futsal, basketball, handball, rugby and others). The test involves 8 x 40m sprints every 40 seconds. This test is different from other intermittent sprint tests as it incorprates a turn halfway though each sprint (thereby testing the speed of change of direction), which also reduces the area required to conduct the test.
This is a relatively new test, and not in common use. There have been studies using this test involving professional players in soccer and handball players, and published articles in the Ukrainian and Russian scientific journals.
- purpose: this is a test the ability to recover between sprints and produce high intensity sprints repeatedly.
- equipment required: timing gates (or stopwatches), stopwatch for timing recovery, measuring tape, marker cones, at least 30 meters of running space.
- procedure: marker cones are placed 20 meters apart. The participant's front foot is placed behind the starting line, and when ready begins the first sprint, running maximally to the markers 20m away, then returning to the start line. The sprint time is recorded (timing gates can be used). Another stopwatch is used to record the recovery time. The next sprint will begin 40 seconds after the previous sprint. A total of 8 sprints are completed.
- scoring: index of anaerobic performance (IAP) and maximal anaerobic power (best sprint time). IAP scores can range from less than 40 (poor) to greater than 46 (excellent).
Index of Anaerobic Performance (IAP) = 320 / (Tav + Kfat)
320 = total distance of the test
Tav = average time of 8 sprints
Kfat = the coeffciient of fatigue (difference between fastest and slowest sprint time)
- target population: This test was developed specifically for team sport athletes (soccer, futsal, basketball, handball, rugby and others)
- FIFA interval test 1 — 6 x 40m sprints.
- sprint recovery test — for AFL players, 6 x 30m sprints.
- phosphate recovery test — 7 x 7-second sprints.
- sprint fatigue test — 10 x 30m sprints.
- Repeat Sprint Ability Test — 10 x 20m, starting every 20 seconds.
- RAST — 6 x 35m sprints
- Cycling Repeat Sprint Test — a cycle test of anaerobic capacity, involving 5 x 6 second efforts every 30 seconds.