Henman Shuttle Test

This is a shuttle fitness test used by English tennis player Tim Henman which he says he often does to improve his fitness on court. The test involves running as fast as you can between the two markers 20 meters apart for five one-minute periods, with one minute rest between bouts.

equipment required: flat surface, stopwatch, measuring tape, lines marked on ground or marker cones.

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. Measure and mark out the test area using cones. See more details of pre-test procedures.

procedure: place two cones or markers 20 meters apart. Start at one marker, and run as fast as you can between the two markers for one minute, counting how many shuttles you can do. Make sure you are running right to the markers each time. After one minute rest, repeat running between markers for another minute. Complete a total of five one-minute shuttle runs, with one minute recovery between each.

scoring: Record the number of shuttles for each minute of exercise. Your score is the total number of shuttles from all five one-minute periods.

reference: This test is based on that described by Tim Henman on the BBC website

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