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Yo-Yo Test for Swimmers

December 5th, 2018 · No Comments · Shuttle Runs, Water Polo

Here is another variation of the yo-yo test, the Water Polo Intermittent Shuttle Test (WIST), designed to mimic the demands of the sport of water polo, based on the running Yo-Yo Intermittent Recovery Test Level 1. Swimmers shuttle across 7.5m in the pool, with 10-second recovery after every 15m. The test may have the same timings as the yo-yo intermittent recovery test level 1, but the swimming distance is reduced to compensate for the slower swimming rate. This test is part of the suggested fitness testing for water polo players, and on our new list of swimming fitness tests.

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AFL Combine Tests Explained

May 10th, 2018 · No Comments · AFL, Testing

A description of all the physical tests conducted at the AFL annual pre-draft combine, with information about how the tests relate to football performance. This video was produced before some changes to the testing list in 2017, when the beep test and was replaced with the yo-yo intermittent test and the 3-kilometre time-trial was reduced to a 2km run. See more about the AFL combine.

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Description of the Star Excursion Balance Test (SEBT)

March 22nd, 2018 · No Comments · Balance

The Star Excursion Balance Test (SEBT) is a test of dynamic balance, which requires subjects to balance on one leg and reach as far as possible in eight different directions. This test has been used as an indicator of lower limb injury risk. Read about the Star Excursion Balance Test, and the similar Y-Balance Test which was derived from this test.

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Tom Brady's NFL Combine Lowlights

February 13th, 2017 · No Comments · Agility, Football (Gridiron), Speed

Tom Brady, one of the greatest NFL quarterbacks ever, has done some great things in his career, but his performances at the 2000 pre-draft combine is not one of them. His poor effort affected his chances. He was picked 199 overall in the draft, and he was the 7th quarterback to be picked. The NFL won’t let me show the video of his performance, but here is someone else trying to match his scores.

His results at the combine:
40 Yard Dash: 5.28s
20 Yard Dash: 2.94s
10 Yard Dash: 1.70s
Bench Press: –
Vertical Leap: 24.5 inches
Broad Jump: 99 inches
20 Yd Shuttle: 4.38s
Three Cone Drill: 7.20s
60 Yd Shuttle: –
Wonderlic: 33
See the best NFL combine test results

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Test Your Hearing

June 15th, 2016 · No Comments · Health, Testing

You might not think a hearing test is important for sports, but it must play a part in player’s reactions on the filed in response to a stimuli. I did not realize that there is a such a drop off with age, fortunately the ref’s whistle is still in the audible range for most people. This video from my favorite science channel also explains a little about why it happens.

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Beep Test Explained (Finally)

September 23rd, 2015 · No Comments · Shuttle Runs

There are a lot of beep test videos on this site, though this one gives the clearest description I have seen of the test protocol and rules.

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Fitness Testing at FC Bayern Munich

August 11th, 2015 · No Comments · Football (Soccer), Testing

It is great to get an insight into the fitness program of a professional football club. The European football club Bayern Munich posted this video of their players undergoing fitness assessments. Although they don’t publish the list of tests they do, a lot of information can be gleaned from the video.

The tests include:

  • Force plate vertical jump test.
  • Speed Court: Quick feet and Reaction Test.
  • Functional Movement Screen: Trunk Stability Pushup Test, Hurdle Step Test, Shoulder Mobility Test, Deep Squat Test.
  • VO2 Max Test.

See more about soccer fitness testing

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Following McDavid at the 2015 NHL Draft Combine

June 12th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Ice Hockey, Testing

The 2015 NHL Draft Combine has some new testing protocols, and a new location. It is now much easier to watch the action, and here is a video following the potential top draft pick Connor McDavid as he progresses through the fitness tests. Note the new vertical jump procedure using a force plate, and the Y-balance test. See descriptions of all the tests, and all results from 2015.

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New Balance Test for NHL Combine – Y Balance

June 7th, 2015 · No Comments · Balance, Ice Hockey

A new balance test was added to the NHL Combine in 2015, called the Y Balance Test.  This test is a dynamic test performed in a single-leg stance that requires strength, flexibility, core control and proprioception. This is the latest in a series of balance and core stability type tests that they have trialed over the years. It looks like a pretty complex test to perform, but seems a good objective measure of balance. Previously they have used a balance board, single-leg squats and a Hex Agility test (like the like the hexagon test). See more about the Y Balance Test.

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AFL now recruiting from the US

May 22nd, 2015 · No Comments · AFL, Testing

The AFL are searching worldwide to find tall players. Here is a highlight package of the 4th international combine held by the AFL (Australian Football League). I would love to see how these guys go if given a chance to play AFL. You can see the top results from this combine, their athleticism matches the Aussie combine efforts.

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