Agility T-test

assessment Feb 17, 2018

The agility T-Test is a test that is commonly used to assess an athletes/individuals to move forwards, backwards and side to side. It is performed on a safe and consistent surface to ensure that test-retest reliability is high. Besides testing an individual's ability to move in all directions as quickly as possible it also tests a “combination of leg speed, leg power, and agility for performance” (Pauole. K, Madole. K, Garhammer. J, Lacourse. M and Rozenek. R, 2000).

Males that achieve less than 9.5 seconds and Females that achieve less than 10.5 seconds are ranked as excellent showing that they can coordinate lower limb strength, power and speed whilst changing multiple directions.

Having the ability to produce a muscle contraction that is quick and powerful in a sporting situation and the stronger and more efficient this contraction is the lower the likelihood of injury (Hübscher M  , Zech A  , Pfeifer K , Hänsel F , Vogt L , Banzer W , 2010). The T-Test is an important clinical test because as identified by Pauole et al (2000) but also because they found it to be very reliable as “a measure of leg speed, leg power, and agility”.

From the research, we know that leg power and strength are very important in reducing injury rates. The T-Test is an important clinical test that can provide this information. Along with this we also know that;

  • “Less than 85% via the Limb Symmetry Index (LSI) in knee extension strength is considered poor and warrants further rehabilitation”. (Lepley, 2015).  
  • Evidence for the effectiveness of proprioceptive/neuromuscular training in reducing the incidence of certain types of sports injuries among adolescent and young adult athletes during pivoting sports (Hübscher et al, 2010)

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