Fitness Testing for Paddle Sports

It is important to conduct fitness tests for any athlete, to monitor adaptive changes following fitness training, and to identify potential talent and areas which need improvement. See our discussion of the Important Fitness Components for Paddlers which can highlight fitness areas that would be suitable for testing.

Here is just a simple example of a suitable fitness testing protocol, there are many other tests that you could use for testing canoeists and other paddlers, such as skinfold testing.


Shown here are examples that are used for canoeing testing as part of the eTID program. These links are to our general description of the tests. For specific instructions on how to conduct the test for the program see the AIS eTID website. The tests of vertical jump and standing long jump were previously part of this protocol.

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Source of Tests

These tests are used for talent identification testing of potential canoe athletes in Australia. The National Talent Identification and Development (NTID) program at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) have developed an online talent identification tool (eTID). Through the eTID website individuals are able to submit results from fitness tests done at home, and if the results are up to a certain level they will invite you to be tested further and placed into a talent identification program.


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