What is the 8 Foot And Go Test?
The main purpose of the 8-foot up-and-go test is used to measure balance, agility, and speed while walking or moving. It is a part of the senior fitness test. Eight-foot up and go test is specially designed for the elderly peoples as these factors (balance, agility & speed) become necessary as the person ages.
Equipment Needed For Performing The Test
- Straight back chair without arm support (17 inches/43 cm in height)
- Stop Watch
- A cone marker is placed 8 feet away in front of the chair.
- A measuring tape
- The route between the chair and the cone marker should be clear, and there should be no interference.
Procedure For Performing The Eight Foot Up And Go Test
- Put the chair next to the wall (for safety and support) and place the cone marker 8 feet away in front of the chair.
- Make sure to clear the route between the chair and the cone marker.
- The subject is initially seated, hands resting on the knees and flat feet on the ground.
- As the command “Go” is given, the stopwatch timing is started, the subject gets up from the chair and starts walking (no running) as quickly as possible (safely) towards the cone and then turns around the cone and finally returns to the chair to sit down.
Note – The goal is to complete the test as safely and quickly as possible but not to move faster (running).
- Stop the timing as the subject sit down on the chair. Two trials are performed per participant, and the best time of the two trials is counted for scoring.
- Keep a check on the subject while performing the test, stand in a closed supervisory role next to your subject, and be ready to assist the subject as the subject losses balance.
Two trials have been performed. Out of the two trails, the best time of the two trails is counted. Below is the table showing the normal range of the scores in seconds based on the age group.
Note – Practise the test once, then perform the test twice for best results.