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Quick review of main fitness testing considerations

Quick review of main fitness testing considerations



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    • Fitness Testing • The Importance of Fitness Testing • Criteria for Choosing a Fitness Test • Types of Testing
    • The Importance of Fitness Testing Fitness testing is essential for those interested in sport-related fitness for several reasons: • It identifies strengths and weaknesses • It gives feedback about the effectiveness of training • It provides training incentive • It identifies specific attributes • Give an example of how each of these points might apply in an individual’s Touch Training Program
    • Strengths and Weaknesses • If a touch player scores poorly on a 30-metre sprint test and vertical jump test, his program should focus on improving his explosive power.
    • Feedback • By repeating tests at regular intervals, e.g. every 6 weeks, the individual and the coach receive information about the effectiveness of training program. • This feedback is important in assessing improvements and making necessary program modifications.
    • Incentive Testing tends to provide training incentive and the motivation to continue the activity, e.g.: • The Touch player whose 30m sprint test has improved significantly over a 6 week period, feels rewarded for their hard work.
    • Specific Attributes • Fitness testing may indicate that an athlete has a specific attribute, such as speed, that may help decide on a position or event suited to her or his abilities.
    • Criteria for Choosing a Fitness Test When selecting a fitness test to use, there are a number of criteria that must be met to ensure that the testing is valid, accurate, and suited to your purposes: • • • • • Relevance and specificity Quality control Accuracy and reliability Practicality The provision of post-assessment counselling
    • Relevance and Specificity Fitness tests should be selected for their ability to measure the components of fitness known to be important to your sport,e.g.: • If the activity requires running it should be tested with a run or treadmill test, whilst cyclists, rowers, swimmers and kayakers should be assessed on ergometers designed for their sport.
    • Quality Control Since test results are affected by conditions on each testing occasion, always follow these procedures: • Use the same warm up before beginning the tests. • Perform the tests in the same order. • Allow the same recovery time between tests • Make sure the environmental conditions are the same on each occasion. • Carry out the tests at the same time of day. • The person being tested should have the same fluid and nutritional status, and not be sick or injured.
    • Accuracy and Reliability • Fitness tests should be able to be repeated without testing error, and they should test the fitness component that each was chosen for.
    • Practicality • Field tests Vs Laboratory tests.
    • Types of Fitness Testing • Aerobic capacity tests • Anaerobic capacity and speed tests • Muscular strength tests • • • • • Flexibility tests Balance test Coordination test Body composition Agility tests
    • Aerobic Capacity Test 1. Beep Test • 20m shuttle runs at increasing speeds. • Speed/time set by tape/CD divided into levels. • Record level reached and compare against norms. • For more tests see pages 264 269 of text . See also local muscular endurance tests.
    • Anaerobic Capacity Test 1. 40m Sprint • Athlete sprints 40m on sprint track. • Time recorded. • Compare against norms..
    • Muscular Strength Test 1. Basketball Throw • Athlete sits on ground , back against wall. • Throw basketball as far as possible, two handed, directly in front of him/her. • Record distance. • Compare against norms.
    • Flexibility Tests
    • Balance Tests
    • Co-ordination Tests