Dal Monte 5-Sprint Test

The Dal Monte repeat sprint test involves five 40m or 50m sprints starting on the minute. There are many similar repeat sprint tests, with varying sprint distance and recovery times. See also the similar FIFA Interval Test 1 (6 x 40m sprints, 1 minute recovery), sprint recovery (6 x 30m sprints every 20 seconds) and phosphate recovery (7 x 7-second sprints with 23 seconds recovery) tests.

purpose: this is a test of the ability to recover between sprint efforts and produce high-intensity sprints repeatedly.

equipment required: timing gates (or 2 stopwatches), stopwatch for timing recovery, heart rate monitor (optional), measuring tape, marker cones, at least 60 meters of running track.

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 use cones to mark out the course. See more details of pre-test procedures.

procedure: timing gates (preferred) and marker cones are placed 40 or 50 meters apart to indicate the sprint distance (50 m for men and 40 m for women). The subject's front foot is placed behind the starting line, and when ready begins the first sprint, running maximally through the gate 40m or 50m away. A stopwatch to measure the recovery is also started when the athlete starts running. The sprint time is recorded while the other stopwatch continues to run. The subject needs to return to the start line within one minute, before sprinting again. A total of five sprints of maximal effort are completed.

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scoring: the time for each sprint is recorded. The decline in sprint speed is determined to assess speed endurance. Heart rate is taken between the 40th and 55th second after each sprint, and between the 60th and 90th second after the fifth sprint, and finally at the end of the third minute post-test to evaluate recovery capacity.

target population: team sport athletes

comments: athletics spikes may be worn, but there should be the same conditions for all athletes, and the same conditions to be followed if the test is repeated. Make note of the surface used and if there is any wind.

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