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Speed

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DEFINITION

Speed is the ability to move quickly across the ground.

TYPES

Reaction speed: how quickly a person can respond to an external stimulus. It can be tactile, visual or auditory.

Displacement speed: the ability to cover a certain distance as fast as possible.

 

BENEFITS

  • More muscle
  • Better fat burn

  • Reduced risk of injury

  • Stronger bones

  • Better balance

TEST

There are a lot of speed test, but you will practice 40 metres test. In this test it is really important displacement speed, as well as the reaction speed.


Goal: The aim of this test is to determine acceleration and speed.

Equipment required: stopwatch, flat and clear surface of at least 60 meters.

Procedure: The test involves running a single maximum sprint over 40 meters, with the time recorded. Start from a stationary position, with one foot in front of the other. The front foot must be on the starting line. This runner should be stationary prior to starting. The person timing should stand at the finish line with one arm held high, and call ‘ready’ followed by a sweep down their arm quickly to start the subject. As the arm sweeps down, the tester should start the stopwatch which is held in the downward sweeping arm, and finish the stopwatch as their chest passes through the finish line.

Now, it is time to enjoy with Rudolph He is 7 years old and he runs 100 metres in 13.48 seconds.