The zig-zag test is a fitness test of agility. This test requires the athlete to run a course around cones in the shortest possible time.
equipment required: marker cones, stopwatch, 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: This test requires the athlete to run a course in the shortest possible time. A standard zig-zag course is with four cones placed on the corners of a rectangle 10 by 16 feet, with one more cone placed in the center. If the cones are labeled 1 to 4 around the rectangle going along the longer side first, and the center cone is C, the test begins at 1, then to C, 2, 3, C, 4, then back to 1.
modifications: This test procedure can be modified by changing the distance between cones, and the number of circuits performed.
comments: The total distance run should not be too great so that fatigue does not become a factor.
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