Agility Measurement In Sport

The multi dimensional movement demands of field and court games dictate a revaluation of the traditional approach to the development of agility. This demands a systematic multi factored approach that results in significant improvement in game speed. Possibly we have put the cart before the horse by training agility in isolation without considering the underlying coordinative abilities and strength. Full development of coordinative abilities provides a repertoire of motor skills that can be adapted to deal with sport specific movement demands.

Agility Measurement In SportAgility Measurement In Sport

According to Dr.Drabik in his book Children & Sports Training the coordinative abilities are:

  • Balance – Maintenance of the centre gravity over the base of support. It has a static and a dynamic quality
  • Kinaesthetic Differentiation – Ability to feel tension in movement to achieve the desired movement
  • Spatial Orientation – The control of the body in space
  • Reaction to Signals – The ability to respond quickly to auditory, visual and kinaesthetic cues
  • Sense of Rhythm – The ability to match movement to time
  • Synchronization of Movements in Time – Unrelated limb movements completed in a synchronised manner
  • Movement Adequacy – Ability to choose movements appropriate to the task.

The co-coordinative abilities never work in isolation, they are all closely related. They are the underlying foundation for agility and the prerequisite for technical skills.

Agility Evaluation Tests

The following are examples of agility tests:

  • Hexagonal obstacle agility test
  • Zig-zag test
  • 505 agility test
  • Illinois agility run test
  • Lateral change of direction test
  • Quick feet test
  • Burpee test
  • T’drill test
With good quality of agility in our body, we can move very efisien and effective – less force but significant output. Maybe if we didn’t have this agility we must have more insurance to prepare cure ill in every activity.


Mackenzie, Brian. 2005. 101 Performance Evalution Test. Electric World Plc. London.
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