• Stopwatch or timing lights
• Flat running surface with start and finish lines a
specified distance apart (e.g., 40 yards or 37 m;
10 m, 20 m, 40 m), with at least 20 yards (18 m)
after the finish line for deceleration
• One timer/recorder
1. Have the athlete warm up and dynamically
stretch for several minutes.
2. Allow at least two practice runs at submaximal
3. The athlete assumes a starting position using a
three- or four-point stance.
4. On an auditory signal, the athlete sprints the
specified distance at maximal speed.
5. The best split times of two trials are recorded to
the nearest 0.1 second.
6. Allow at least 2 minutes of active recovery or
rest between trials.
Note: Normative data for the 10 m, 20 m, 40 m, and
40-yard (37 m) sprint are presented in table 13.23 near
the end of the chapter.