Vertical Jump Test

Net Height



Body Weight

Population Average



Mean Power (kgm/sec)


Enter information in the left column; select appropriate menus. Click "Calculate". Assesses vertical jump height for various populations including children (ages 10-17), adults (ages 18-29), and world class athletes. Bodyweight is used to calculate power.

Test Procedures

The vertical jump test involves measuring the difference between the standing reach and the height reached at the peak of a vertical jump.

  • Review jumping technique
  • Warm-up with several easy jumps proceeded with a few minutes rest
  • While resting, stand with side toward the wall or under vertical jump flag (illustrated) and reach up as high as possible keeping the feet flat on the ground. Record or mark standing reach.
  • Standing slightly away from the wall or under vertical jump flag. Jump up as high as possible using both arms and legs to assist in projecting the body upwards. Touch the wall or vertical jump flag at the highest point of the jump.
  • Perform multiple attempts with short rests until a plateau or decrease in performance is observed.
  • Calculate the "net height" by subtracting the standing reach height from the jump height.
  • Best score is recorded.


  • Mount vertical jump measuring tape to wall or use vertical jump apparatus.
  • Put chalk (or water) on fingertips if using the wall method.

Adult norms based on data from the Fitness Institute of Texas, University of Texas at Austin.

Children's norms based on data from Texas Test 1973.

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