Why should you do fitness testing? There are surprisingly high number of good reasons to fitness test your athletes. In addition to my top-10 reasons to test, here is a comprehensive list of reasons to fitness test your sporting team, adapted from a list for soccer players published by Jemni et al. 2018.
- To establish a baseline profile for each player and the squad as a whole.
- To identify individual strengths and weaknesses.
- To provide feedback to players on their own capacities and to motivate them to improve.
- To evaluate the effectiveness of a specific training intervention
- To evaluate the effectiveness of other interventions such as a nutritional or psychological program.
- To monitor progress during rehabilitation or determine whether an athlete is ready to complete.
- To identify a relationship between individual performance capacities and the actual demands of competition.
- To monitor the health status of a player.
- To assist in identifying talented players.
- To attempt to create performance norms according to age category, stage of development, special populations, playing position and sport.
- To monitor and evaluate the progression of youth players.
- To place players in an appropriate training group.
- To examine the development of performance from year to year.
- To enable future performance to be predicted.
- To provide data for scientific research on aspects of performance.
- Jemni, M., Prince, M.S. & Baker, J.S. RETRACTED ARTICLE: Assessing Cardiorespiratory Fitness of Soccer Players: Is Test Specificity the Issue?–A Review. Sports Med - Open 4, 28 (2018).
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