Validity of a squash-specific test of change-of-direction speed

Int J Sports Physiol Perform. 2009 Jun;4(2):176-85. doi: 10.1123/ijspp.4.2.176.


Purpose: We examined the validity and reproducibility of a squash-specific test designed to assess change-of-direction speed.

Methods: 10 male squash and 10 male association-football and rugby-union players completed the Illinois agility run (IAR) and a squash change-of-direction-speed test (SCODS) on separate days. Tests were repeated after 24 h to assess reproducibility. The best time from three attempts was recorded in each trial.

Results: Performance times on the IAR (TE 0.27 s, 1.8%, 90% CI 0.21 to 0.37 s; LOA -0.12 s+/-0.74; LPR slope 1, intercept -2.8) and SCODS (TE 0.18 s, 1.5%, 90% CI 0.14 to 0.24 s; LOA 0.05 s+/-0.49; LPR slope 0.95, intercept 0.5) were reproducible. There were no statistically significant differences in performance time between squash (14.75+/-0.66 s) and nonsquash players (14.79+/-0.41 s) on the IAR. Squash players (10.90+/-0.44 s) outperformed nonsquash players (12.20+/-0.34 s) on the SCODS (P<.01). Squash player rank significantly correlated with SCODS performance time (Spearman's rho=0.77, P<.01), but not IAR performance time (Spearman's rho=0.43, P=.21).

Conclusions: The results suggest that the SCODS test is a better measure of sport-specific capability than an equivalent nonspecific field test and that it is a valid and reliable tool for talent identification and athlete tracking.

Publication types

  • Validation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Athletic Performance*
  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Motor Skills*
  • Racquet Sports*
  • Reaction Time
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Running*
  • Task Performance and Analysis*
  • Young Adult