Monday, December 23, 2013

Athlete Performance Testing - Part 1

Why do we test?
A very pertinent question! Testing does a couple things for sports performance coaches as well as a couple things for you, the athlete!
-        Testing establishes a baseline to determine your current athletic performance level.
-        Testing gives you an idea of what performance goals are feasible and gives the coach an idea of where your overall athletic potential lies.
-        Testing allows the coach to see what the athlete’s strengths and weaknesses are. Once these are established, weaknesses can be addressed to create a more balanced, well-rounded athlete.
Each one of these points is important and each will be covered in a separate article.
Probably one of the most obvious reasons to test is that it creates a baseline to compare yourself to as you train and develop your performance engine. Speed, strength, power, flexibility, and work capacity can all be enhanced with consistent, progressive training. As you improve these components of performance, your test results will reflect this improvement. You’ll run faster, jump higher, change directions more efficiently, and fatigue less.

Most importantly, you’ll be able to perform at a higher level than if you had not invested the time and energy to better yourself.

New England Patriot's LB Jamie Collin's jumping 41.5" at last year's NFL combine. SICK.

Stay tuned! Part 2 coming soon!
 Keep Training!
Coach Anthony Colarusso and Akron General Sports Performance

No comments: