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Illinois Agility Run Test is Assessing Speed and Agility

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Illinois Agility Run Test is Assessing Speed and Agility

Procedure for conducting Illinois Agility Run Test. The objective of the Illinois Agility Run Test is to monitor the development of the athlete's speed and agility.

Required Resources Illinois Agility Run Test

To undertake this test you will require:
  • Flat surface - 400 metre track
  • 8 cones
  • Stop watch
  • Assistant.

The Illinois course

The length of the course is 10 metres and the width (distance between the start and finish points) is 5 metres. On the track you could use 5 lanes. 

4 cones can be used to mark the start, finish and the two turning points. Each cone in the centre is spaced 3.3 metres apart.
Illinois Agility Run Test

How to conduct the test Illinois Agility Run Test?

The Illinois Agility Run Test is conducted as follows:
  • The athlete lies face down on the floor at the start point
  • On the assistant's command the athlete jumps to his/her feet and negotiates the course around the cones to the finish
  • The assistant records the total time taken from their command to the athlete completing the course.
Analysis
Analysis of the result is by comparing it with the results of previous tests. It is expected that, with appropriate training between each test, the analysis would indicate an improvement.

Normative data for the Illinois agility run test
The following are national norms for 16 to 19 year olds.


Gender
Excellent
Above Average
Average
Below Average
Poor
Male
<15.2 secs
15.2-16.1 secs
16.2-18.1 secs
18.2-18.3 secs
>18.3 secs
Female
<17.0 secs
17.0-17.9 secs
18.0-21.7 secs
21.8-23.0 secs
>23.0 secs
Table Reference: Davis B. et al; Physical Education and the Study of Sport; 2000

Target group
This test is suitable for team sports but not for individuals where the test would be contraindicated.

Reliability
Reliability would depend upon how strict the test is conducted and the individual's level of motivation to perform the test.

Validity
There are published tables to relate results to a potential level of fitness and the correlation is high.

Reference
Mackenzie, Brian. 2005. 101 Performance Evalution Test. Electric World Plc. London.

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