Predictors of Athletic Performance

Performance testing our athletes serves multiple purposes: 1. Informs us of current fitness/performance level (i.e., baseline) 2. Informs us of progress made from training which also enables evaluation of program effectiveness. 3. Provides bench marks for goal setting, progress and thresholds for player selection. 4. Allows coaches to create player profiles to drive program design …

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All else being equal, does the stronger athlete win?

If you were to assess a team of young athletes in a 5 and 20 meter sprint, countermovement vertical jump, and squat jump, you will likely determine that the strongest athletes performed best. This is precisely what Comfort et al. (2013) found when they tested a team of 17 year old soccer players in these …

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