The Yo-Yo Test or Beep Test is a fitness test taken by the different sports coaches to check the fitness level of an athlete. The test is usually useful for the players of rugby, hurling, hockey, cricket, football, netball, handball, tennis, squash, and many other sports and fitness testing in schools and colleges of various sports. It usually has 25 levels. Armies and Police of different countries also conduct this test.
RULES OF THE TEST
The whole test is software based. There are two cones set 20m apart from side to side. An athlete has to run in between these cones. The runs are synchronized with a pre-recorded audio tape, CD or laptop software, which plays beeps at set intervals. As the test proceeds, the interval between each successive beep decreases forcing the runner to increase their speed over the course of the test until it is impossible to keep in sync with the recording.
Between these 20m, there is a recovery stop. Usually it is after 5m or 10m to give the players rest. The remaining meters have to be done in 14 seconds.
If the subject hasn’t made it to the line in the required time, the runner must catch up with the pace in next two beeps otherwise he fail the test and will be declared unfit (not in the healthiest condition).
Many people who run this test allow one level to beep before the person makes the line. Some schools and colleges allow two levels of missed laps.
The Guinness World Record for Beep Test is held by RAF Honington, in Honington, Suffolk where over 586 men and women appeared in this test.
Like any other highly intensive physical activity, the beep test poses health risks for individuals with health issues such as asthma, anemia, and hypothyroidism, among other issues.
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