Yo-Yo Test for the Vision Impaired

In addition to the six official yo-yo test versions as created by Jens Bangsbo, there are a few modified versions of the yo-yo test that have made changes to the original protocols for a specific purpose, such as this version for the vision impaired where participants who are blind or vision impaired perform the yo-yo test with modifications to the protocol to make it suitable for them.

The the yo-yo test for the vision impaired is conducted over the same 20m course, with the same audio timings as the standard tests. However, for vision impaired athletes there are challenges as they cannot see clearly if they are running in a straight line or how close to the end markers they are, making pacing difficult.

Diagram of the Intermittent Recovery Test for vision imparied or blind athletes

A modified yo-yo test was used by Goulart-Siqueira et al. (2019) when testing goalball athletes. During the test, an assistant was placed at the beginning and at the end of the 20m path to call to the players, allowing them to be oriented in a straight line. All other test conditions were per the yo-yo intermittent recovery test level 1.

Although it was not mentioned in the article, it would also be helpful for the assistants to provide more detailed feedback about the athletes performance such as how close they are to the end markers to aid in the correct pacing. A modified audio recording, which counted down each signal, could also help the vision-impaired athletes.

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