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Sports Performance Testing


Is there anything good with performance testing during each cycle of athlete training program?

When I consulted one sports training centre(http://www.velocitysportsmed.com/) they told that their course include athlete performance testing both before and after each cycle. Is that beneficial?


what sport?

different sports have different guidelines. there are guidelines. i've seen guidelines for 'what we would expect from elite level, national level etc netballers (for example) on x y and z exercises. different sports care about different exercises.

one needs something to measure progress, yes?

i do it all the time... e.g., track how my squat goes up.

perhaps i'm missing something?

perhaps if my vertical jump gets better then i will be a better basketballer? is that what you are thinking? or perhaps if my flexed arm hang gets better i'll be better at every single sport the world has to offer? from curling to shot put to archery?


The benefit of testing is that you can tell how much progress the athlete has made, as well as how they stack up to other athletes in the same sport (provided those athletes also regularly perform the same test).

This is how you evaluate your programming. If the athlete is improving, then the programming is good. If they are not, something needs to change.

The validity of certain tests for certain sports is a whole other topic, as there are a ton of generally accepted tests that are nearly worthless (in my opinion, the bleep test for rugby is retarded)

Personally, during my offseason (May-August), I will probably go through my conditioning test (I use the 1000 meter shuttle) about 3 times or so to see how I am improving. I will also probably test my sprinting speed a few times, but that depends on being able to get someone out there to test me. When it comes to lifting, I follow the WS4SB program, so there is feedback every week through the max effort work