The Cooper test shows its strength when it comes to quickly and easily test the performance of large populations. However, it also carries dangers, as inexperienced runners can quickly overdo themselves and damage their health.
The person – a short vita of Kenneth H. Cooper
Kenneth H. Cooper (* 4 March 1931 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) is a US sports physician and former major of the US Air Force. In the 1970s, he was significantly involved in the spread of preventive health sports in the USA. Cooper received his doctorate in medicine. He became known through his popular science book Movement Training (1968; original title: Aerobics).
The origin of the Cooper test – when, how and why Cooper developed the test of the same name
During his career in the US Air Force, Cooper developed an easy-to-use points system for his training methods. In the course of this, the Cooper test was also developed.
Goal and execution of the Cooper test
The Cooper test are used to check the general endurance of large populations. This is a 12-minute run where the maximum distance covered during this time is determined.
For sports runners, the test is demanding because the distance covered is between a pure medium or long distance. The athlete must be able to assess himself very well in order not to accumulate too much lactate too early and get into the anaerobic range, but also not to run too slowly. The test is also used by experienced runners to estimate the maximum oxygen intake.
Appraisal of the Cooper Test
Age in years and distance run in meters.
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Evaluation for women
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Evaluation for children and adult
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