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Side-Step Test

This side step test is a simple fitness test of agility, conducted over one minute. See also the Edgren 10-second Side Step test.

equipment: flat, non-slip floor, with line markings (can use masking tape), tape measure, stopwatch

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: The subject stands at a center line, then jumps 30cm to the side (e.g. right) and touches a line with the closest foot, jumps back to the center then jumps 30 cm to the other side, then back to the center. This is one complete cycle. The subject tries to complete as many cycles as possible in one minute.

scoring: One complete cycle is recorded as 1, and half a cycle as 0.5. The score is expressed as the number of repetitions in one minute. Some normative values are presented below.

  poor fair average good high
Female < 33 34-37 38-41 42-45 46+
Male < 37 38-41 42-45 46-49 50+

reference: Many years ago when this page was first created, the reference was recorded as Song (1982). I have not been able to find further details about this source, it may be a book reference.

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