Measure sprinting speed, ground contact time, and spatiotemporal gait parameters to characterize sprinting capacity and performance.
Acceleration profiles can be an indicator of explosive power and musculoskeletal ability, and average and max speed and GCT can give insight into fatigue and performance. The sprint test can be used in the context of post-injury rehabilitation, performance, and general health.
Procedure for Plantiga's Standard Sprint Test:
Important: To accurately track changes over time, it's important to keep external conditions as consistent as possible. Try to use the same sprint route and distance (at least 40m is recommended) for each activity.
- Tester navigates to the measure page of the Plantiga app and selects the Sprint Test.
- Tester selects the subject that will be performing the activity. Address any warnings that may come up once they have been selected.
- Tester instructs subject to stand still with feet planted firmly on the ground.
- Tester starts the Sprint Test on plantiga.io and the subject remains still as the stopwatch counts down from 5.
- Subject begins sprinting for the chosen distance (this can be as short as 40m sprint or as long as the subject can maintain the desired sprint effort).
- Once the time elapses, the tester instructs the subject to stop and plant their feet firmly on the ground.
- Once still, the tester stops the stopwatch and the subject remains still for 5 seconds.
- Tester fills out optional information (RPE, Pain, Floor type...) and saves the Sprint Test.