The Monday Memo
August 6, 2018 PITT DPT STUDENTS
Do you know how to Yo-yo?
Oddly enough, the “Yo-yo test,” will be able to help gauge how an athlete can perform in endurance sports. Now, I am not talking about the toy that is tethered to a string around your finger, but a grueling endurance test that is commonly used in high-level athletics. The Yo-yo intermittent recovery test, or also known as the Beep Test, is commonly used for high endurance sports such as basketball and soccer. In short, the test is described in the literature as:
“ …consisted of 20 m shuttle runs performed at increasing velocities with 10 s of active recovery between runs until exhaustion…”
However, we recently used this test for the Pittsburgh Steelwheeler athletes who we have been working with for the past few weeks. The test has been modified for wheelchair basketball and is described as follows:
“Due to the differences between running and propelling the wheelchair, the distance covered in the shuttle run was reduced to 10 m. Pushing speeds were dictated in the form of audio cues broadcast by a pre-programmed computer. The test was considered to have ended when the participant failed twice to reach the front line in time (objective evaluation) or felt unable to cover another shuttle at the dictated speed (subjective evaluation).”
This test has been showed to be important for recording athlete endurance and can be an effective measurement for improvement. The test was administered by a fellow 2nd year, Christie Chiesa, and can be viewed on our Instagram page: @pittsteelwheelers. We had four athletes participate, and they all had an amazing first performance. We hope to be able to use the results as motivation and performance benchmarks for the athletes.
-Jim Tersak, SPT, CSCS