Yo-Yo Test Equipment

The set of equipment needed to run the yo-yo test is essentially the same irrespective of what version of the test is being conducted. The only thing that may vary is the width of the running area (a wider area is needed if a lot of people are being tested at once) and the number of cones required to mark out the area and turning lines (there is one less line needed to be marked when using the yo-yo endurance tests).

List of Equipment

The Area: an area up to 40 meters long (130 feet), with a flat, non-slip surface. Only 20m, plus an extra couple of meters each end, is needed for the yo-yo endurance tests. Another 5 meters (yo-yo intermittent endurance) or 10 meters (yo-yo intermittent recovery) is needed for the other test versions. You should allow a least a meter width for each athlete that is doing the test.

Line Markers: Cones can be used to indicate the turning and starting lines. It is easier if you use existing lines marked on the running surface, otherwise you may want to draw a line or put down sticking tape.

Measuring Tape: a tape measure of at least 20 meters is needed.

Audio File: The test requires an audio recording indicating the timing for each run, which usually comes on a cd, as an mp3 file, or a computer or mobile device app. We have the yo-yo intermittent test files available for purchase, plus other information about where else you may find a copy.

Audio Player: The audio playback device required will depend on the format of your test recording. Ideally you can play the sound through a sound system, or plug the computer, phone or mp3 player into speakers that are loud enough to be heard during the test.

Recording Sheets: We have created recording sheets for each version of the test, which has each shuttle of the test indicated, so it can be marked off as the athlete completes each one, and any warnings and final score for each athlete can be marked on the sheet.

Suggested Equipment

Clothing: comfortable loose fitting clothing, running shoes with good grip.

Drink Bottle: some athletes may wish to leave a drink bottle in the recovery area during the yo-yo intermittent tests for occasional small drinks to keep hydrated.

Optional Equipment

Heart Rate Monitors: Additional information about the fitness of your athletes can be gained by monitoring their heart rate during and after the test. The submaximal version of the yo-yo test requires heart rate measurement.


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