Preparations: Make sure the participant is adequately prepared; well-rested, hydrated and fuelled. Give clear and standardized instructions about the test and what is expected. Try to stress the importance of performing maximally, keeping in time to the recording and completing the full 20m run.
Starting the Test: The participant starts with a foot behind the line and begins running when instructed by the audio recording. The participant turns when signalled by the recorded audio beep at the line 20 metres away, and returns to the starting point, where (s)he turns again. The participant continues running in time with the audio signals with no rest period.
During the test: The participant continues shuttling back and forth between the two lines 20 metres apart, in time to the audio cues. The participant must not start running early, must run the complete distance and reach each line before or in time with the recording. At regular intervals, the time between the audio signals will reduce, and consequently the required running speed will increase. The starting speed is 8.5km/hr and increases by 0.5km/hr approximately every minute.
Finishing the test: The participant must continue for as long as (s)he can. Some participants will choose to stop when they have reached their physical limit. For others, you will need to give a warning as they drop behind the required pace or make one of the errors listed below. On the second infraction they must stop the test.
You give a warning when the participant …
- does not reach either line before the audio signal.
- turns without touching or going over the line (therefore running short).
- starts the run before the audio signal.
Scoring: the participant’s score is the level achieved plus the number of the last complete successful shuttle.