Walk-Back (time) (WalkB-t)

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1. Test objective

To assess dynamic balance (coordination under time pressure).

2. Description of the task

The test person must walk a distance of 6 m backwards as fast as possible. The toes of one foot must touch the heel of the other foot. There should be no gap between the toes and the heel. Both feet must be above the 6 meter line for the time to be stopped. The test subject has three attempts. Within the three attempts, the test person should pay attention to correct execution in the first attempt. In the second and third attempts, the test person can then try to increase the speed. 

If the movement is not performed correctly in all three attempts or if the 6 m mark is not reached, the furthest distance achieved is measured. Then the distance counts as the result of this test task.

3. Test materials

Stopwatch, 6 m tape, measuring tape


4. Test setup

A 6 m long track is marked with tape, on which the test person has to walk backwards.

5. Measurement recording

The time in seconds required for 6 m is measured. If less than 6 m is achieved, the furthest distance is measured in meters.

6. Test instruction

"Please walk backwards along the 6 meter line as fast as possible . You have three attempts. In the first attempt you should concentrate on a correct execution. After this safe attempt you can increase the speed. While walking backwards, your feet should always touch each other. The toe of the playing leg touches the heel of the standing leg during each step. There should be no gap between your feet. Both feet must be above the 6-meter line, and only then will the time be stopped. If the execution is not correct, the test will be stopped and time and length will be noted at that point."

7. Special notes

Sources of error:

- Feet do not touch each other
- Test person does not walk on the line

A tape measure should always be within reach. If the 6 meters are not completed, the farthest attempt (in m X,XX) must be noted.

8. Sources

Tittlbach, S ., Kolb, H ., Woll, A . & Bös, K . (2005) . Karlsruher gesundheitsorientierter Koordinationstest (KGKT) . Bewegungstherapie und Gesundheitssport, 21 (6), 253–258

Bös, K., Brehm, W., Klemm, K., Schreck, M., & Pauly, P. (2017). European Fitness Badge. Handbuch für Übungsleiter. Deutscher Turner-Bund e.V.



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