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

Evaluation for women

under 3030-3940-49over 49Assessment
2600250023002150very good

Evaluation  for children and adult

240024502500255026002650270027502800285029002950very good

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