10 x 5m Shuttle Test

The 10 x 5m Shuttle Test is a measure of speed and agility, and is part of the Eurofit Testing Battery. Participants run back-and-forth over 5 meters, for a total of 50m. This is different from a similarly named 5m multiple shuttle test, which increases the shuttle distance by 5m each time.

purpose: this is a test of speed and agility

equipment required: stopwatch, measuring tape, marker cones, a flat non-slip surface.

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, test conditions. Measure and mark out the test area. Perform an appropriate warm-up. See more details of pre-test procedures.

procedure: marker cones and/or lines are placed five meters apart. Start with a foot at one marker. When instructed by the timer, the subject runs to the opposite marker, turns and returns to the starting line. This is repeated five times without stopping (covering 50 meters in total). At each marker both feet must fully cross the line.

scoring: Record the total time taken to complete the 50 m course.

variations: There are many variations of the shuttle test. Depending on the distance of each shuttle and the number repetitions, different energy systems are being tested. For example, the 20m Shuttle aerobic test, the 10m Agility Shuttle and the 300 yard anaerobic shuttle test.

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