The Quadrathlon was devised by early track and field throwing coaches to keep training interesting and competitive during the off season. The Quadrathlon is easy to carry out and is an excellent way to test an athlete's fitness and progress during the winter months. The Quadrathlon can be used to gauge whether an athlete is becoming more powerful. If the athlete's scores increase, then their power has increased. Weakness can be identified if the athlete underscores and these areas can be worked on. There is also a motivational component that can help during the long winter months. The The Quadrathlon comprises of 4 events.
Calculating the Score
Scoring the Quadrathon is similar to scoring the Decathlon. Points are allocated from the Quadrathlon tables depending on the distance or time achieved. Scores should be compared with the athlete's previous scores to determine the level of improvement. Competition can be based on the improvement from the previous test for each event. The Quadrathlon tables (1992) are not included here but can be obtained from Athletics Coach - Vol 6 No 1 page 29.
You can use the Quadrathlon Score Calculator linked to the button below (which is an Excel spreadsheet) to compute your Quadrathlon Score or the number of points for each event can be calculated using the following equations:
Points Equation Standing Long Jump Points = -36.14048+(D*37.268536)+(D*D*-0.128057)
Three Continuous Jumps Points = -36.36996+(D*12.478922)+(D*D*-0.007423)
30 Metre Sprint Points = 209.70039+(T*-36.94427)+(T*T*0.165766)
Overhead Shot Points = -22.32216+(D*5.8318756)+(D*D*-0.000334)
where D is the distance in meters and T is the time in seconds
Sources of information
Athletics Coach - Vol 24 No 3
Athletics Coach - Vol 26 No 1
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