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Yo-Yo test

Date: 25 September 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous


In his interaction with fitness experts and influencers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked India cricket captain Virat Kohli about the yo-yo test, that is a vital part of the Indian cricket team’s fitness routine.



The virtual interaction was held to mark the one-year anniversary of Fit India Movement. It involved various other personalities as well.



  • The test was developed by Danish football physiologist Jens Bangsbo. Two cones are placed 20 metres apart, and the athlete has to run between them when the beep goes off.

  • The beeps become more frequent after one minute, and if the athlete fails to reach the line within that time, he is expected to catch up within two more beeps. The test is stopped if the player fails to catch up before the beeps run out.

  • The test has a beginner and an advanced level, and players are given scores. The minimum score set by the Board of Control for Cricket in India to pass the test is 16.1.

  • The workload of a player can also affect the outcome. So, someone who is tested after a heavy season might struggle while a player who is fresher could easily pass. 

  • Yo-yo tests are good for generic movement analysis. Different players respond differently based on their metabolism and lung capacity.

  • Cricket, however, needs skill sets such as hand-eye coordination, footwork, body balance, upper and lower body strength, reflexes, how you maintain balance with head position, etc. but yo-yo test isn’t a great indicator of where a player stands.

  • The par pass score is higher in hockey and football. But it isn’t the sole criterion for selection; the test is a mere indicator of the player’s fitness levels.

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