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Muscular Endurance Tests for the Lower Body

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author image Jeremy Hoefs
Based in Nebraska, Jeremy Hoefs began writing fitness, nutrition, outdoor and hunting articles in 2006. His articles have been published in "Star City Sports," "Hunting Fitness Magazine" and RutWear field journals, as well as on the Western Whitetail website. Hoefs graduated with a Bachelor of Science in exercise science from Nebraska Wesleyan University.
Muscular Endurance Tests for the Lower Body
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Testing your physical capabilities indicates your fitness level. Coaches, exercise physiologists and doctors use muscular endurance tests for the lower body for a variety of reasons. To test the different aspects of fitness, however, you can undergo a variety of tests. For example, muscular endurance tests for the lower body are designed to test your leg’s ability to maintain a minimum level of strength for an extended period.

Testing Conditions

To conduct consistent muscular endurance tests for the lower body, all conditions of the test must be controlled and repeatable. For example, the ambient temperature, noise level and humidity could affect test results. If the first test is performed under specific conditions, the follow-up test should be performed under similar conditions to accurately compare the two tests.

Benefits

By testing muscular endurance for the lower body, the researcher can use the data for a wide variety of applications. Coaches and team managers, for example, can assess the lower body muscular endurance of their athletes to predict future performance while identifying weaknesses and tracking overall ability to design a strength and conditioning program. Similarly, doctors and therapists can test muscular endurance for their clients and patients.

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Sample Tests

Several tests can assess the muscular endurance of the lower body. Sample tests include a single leg squat, wall sit or squat test performed for time. Sport-specific tests include a 30-second endurance jump, mile run or hurdle agility jump. The test can be adjusted to match the goal of the test or group of participants.

Procedure

Every muscular endurance test should follow a similar time frame and procedure to ensure all data is collected and recorded accurately. For example, the test should undergo the same warm-up and preparation routine for all participants and repeat tests along with measuring only one factor, or variable, during any individual test.

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