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Quick Feet Test

Testing and measurement are the means of collecting information upon which subsequent performance evaluations and decisions are made. In the analysis, we need to bear in mind the factors that may influence the results.


The quick feet test provides information on fast-twitch muscle fibre in the muscles involved in sprinting and indicates your potential to execute quick movements. Hereditary factors such as limb length, muscle attachments, and the proportion of fast-twitch fibres do limit one's maximum potential. Still, we can improve our speed and quickness with proper training.

Required Resources

To conduct this test, you will require

  • Flat non-slip surface
  • 20 rung rope ladder
  • Stopwatch
  • Assistant

How to conduct the test

This test requires the athlete to run along a 20 rung rope ladder, stepping between each rung and without touching the rungs, as fast as possible.

  • The athlete warms up for 10 minutes
  • The assistant places a 20 rung rope ladder on a non-slip surface
  • The assistant gives the command “GO”, and the athlete commences the test
  • The assistant starts the stopwatch when the athlete's foot touches the ground between the first and second rung
  • The assistant stops the stopwatch when foot contact is made with the ground beyond the last rung and records the time
  • The test is repeated, and the fastest time used to access the athlete's performance


The following normative data is available for this test:

  Excellent Above Average Average Below Average Poor
Male <2.8 secs 2.8 - 3.6 secs 3.7 - 4.4 secs 4.5 - 5.2 secs >5.2 secs
Female <3.4 secs 3.4 - 4.2 secs 4.3 - 5.0 secs 5.1 - 5.8 secs >5.8 secs

For an evaluation of the athlete's performance, select the gender, enter the total time and then select the 'Calculate' button.

Gender Time seconds     Assessment -

Calculations are based on the above normative data table

The athlete's speed for this test was:

feet/sec mph m/sec Km/hr


Analysis of the result is by comparing it with previous tests' results. It is expected that, with appropriate training between each test, the analysis would indicate an improvement in the athlete's foot speed.

Target Group

This test is suitable for active athletes but not for individuals where the test would be contraindicated.


Test reliability refers to how a test is consistent and stable in measuring what it is intended to measure. Reliability will depend upon how strict the test is conducted and the individual's level of motivation to perform the test. The following link provides various factors that may influence the results and therefore, test reliability.


Test validity refers to the degree to which the test measures what it claims to measure and the extent to which inferences, conclusions, and decisions made based on test scores are appropriate and meaningful. This test provides a means to monitor training on the athlete's physical development.


  • Minimal equipment required
  • Simple to set up and conduct
  • Can be conducted almost anywhere


  • Specialist equipment required
  • Assistant required to administer the test

Page Reference

If you quote information from this page in your work, then the reference for this page is:

  • MACKENZIE, B. (2000) Quick Feet Test [WWW] Available from: [Accessed