• The Importance of Fitness Testing
• Criteria for Choosing a Fitness Test
• Types of Testing
The Importance of
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
• 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
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
• By repeating tests at regular intervals, e.g. every 6
weeks, the individual and the coach receive
information about the effectiveness of training
• This feedback is important in assessing
improvements and making necessary program
Testing tends to provide
training incentive and
the motivation to
continue the activity,
• The Touch player
whose 30m sprint test
significantly over a 6
week period, feels
rewarded for their
• 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
Criteria for Choosing a
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
Accuracy and reliability
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
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.
• Field tests Vs Laboratory tests.
Types of Fitness Testing
• Aerobic capacity tests
• Anaerobic capacity and
• Muscular strength tests
Aerobic Capacity Test
1. Beep Test
• 20m shuttle runs at increasing
• 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
• Time recorded.
• Compare against
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
• Record distance.
• Compare against norms.