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30-Second Endurance Jump

The 30-Second Endurance Jump is a test of lower body strength and agility. The test requires participants to jump across a hurdle as many times as possible in 30 seconds. This test was once part of the SPARQ rating system for basketball and soccer, and the protocol they used is listed here. There is also the similar Hurdle agility jump which involves 45 seconds of two-legged jumping over a hurdle.

purpose: The 30 Second Endurance Jump is a test of agility and lower body strength endurance

equipment required: a stopwatch and 12" high hurdle (SPARQ Soft Endurance Hurdle).

pre-test: Explain the test procedures to the subject. Perform screening of health risks and obtain informed consent. Prepare forms and record basic information such as age, height, body weight, gender and test conditions. See more details of pre-test procedures.

procedure: Stand comfortably 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 30 seconds, with the total number of jumps counted.

scoring: The total number of completed jumps in the time period is recorded.

results: US Decathlete Bryan Clay achieved 67 jumps in 30 seconds in this test during a SPARQ testing exercise (published in SPARQ Magazine, Summer 2008).

target population: basketball and soccer

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