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Plate Tapping Test

The Plate Tapping Test (Reaction Tap Test) is a reaction test using an alternating wall tapping action which measures upper body reaction time, hand-eye quickness and coordination.

purpose: to assess the speed and the coordination of limb movement.

equipment required: table (adjustable height), yellow discs (20cm diameter), rectangle (30 x 20 cm), stopwatch.

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

procedure: If possible, the table height should be adjusted so that the subject is standing comfortably in front of the discs. The two yellow discs are placed with their centers 60 cm apart on the table. The rectangle is placed equidistant between both discs. The non-preferred hand is placed on the rectangle. The subject moves the preferred hand back and forth between the discs over the hand in the middle as quickly as possible. This action is repeated for 25 full cycles (50 taps).

results: The time taken to complete 25 cycles is recorded. Perform the test twice and the best result is recorded.

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