Cooper test – execution and evaluation

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.

In addition, the result only shows the current state of performance. conclusions for targeted training cannot be drawn with it. Here should be at least one lactate level test or a spiroergometry.

 

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.

 

Shadow of jogging woman

 

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.

Appraisal men

under 3030-3940-49over 49evaluation
2800265025002400very good
2400225021002000good
2000185016501600norm
1600155013501300moderate
lesslesslesslessweak

Evaluation for women

under 3030-3940-49over 49Assessment
2600250023002150very good
2150200018501650good
1850165015001350norm
1550135012001050moderate
lesslesslesslessweak

Evaluation  for children and adult

789101112131415161718Assessment
260026502700275028002850290029503000305031003150excellent
240024502500255026002650270027502800285029002950very good
200020502100215022002250230023502400245025002550good
160016501700175018001850

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William C. Hilberg
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