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90º cut drill

The 90º Cut Drill is frequently used in the world of sports and training. It’s very simple to perform and it only requires little equipment. This test is useful to measure the subject’s acceleration and changes of direction abilities, as well as how he/she is capable to displace by varying way the he/she moves. All these factors are considered determinant from a performance point of view in most sports.


  • Required Material: A flat non-slip surface, 3 cones and marks to delimit the course of the circuit, a tape measure and a stopwatch.
  • Procedure: Three cones are placed at a distance of 9 meters from each other in L-shaped pattern as shown in the illustration. The goal of this test is to complete the course (A-B-C-B-A) in the shortest possible time. The subject gets ready for the test with his/her foot behind the starting cone (A) in a sprint start position and at the evaluator’s signal he/she begins running at maximum speed up to cone B. Upon reaching cone B he/she must make a 90º turn on the outside and go towards cone C, where he/she must make a 180º turn pivoting on one foot and return to cone B, make another 90º turn on the outside and run a final sprint back to cone A. The test finishes when the subject reaches the finish point (cone A) with any part of his/her body. There the stopwatch will be stopped and the elapsed time will be registered. It is recommended to perform the test to both sides, left and right, to contrast results.
  • Assessment: It is measured in seconds (sec) and the subject has a maximum of 3 attempts. (En Fisicalcoach,) The lowest time, as well as the mean and the median can be recorded.


  • Remarks: Since in exercises that require changes of direction performance depends on the angle and speed during execution, different tests should be considered and the most specific and appropriate one should be chosen in each case. Fisicalcoach has a large set of tests available to perform.

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