Title

Principles of Athlete Testing

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell

Editor(s)

Marco Carndinale, Robert Newton, Kazunori Nosaka

Faculty

Faculty of Computing, Health and Science

School

ECU Health and Wellness Institute / Centre for Exercise and Sports Science Research

RAS ID

13339

Comments

This chapter was originally published as: Newton, R. , Cormie, P. , & Cardinale, M. (2011). Principles of athlete testing. In Marco Carndinale, Robert Newton, Kazunori Nosaka (Eds.). Strength and conditioning: biological principles and practical applications (pp. 255-270). Wiley-Blackwell.

Abstract

A programme of ongoing testing for the assessment of any athlete is essential to optimizing training programme design, reducing injury or illness risk, increasing career longevity, and maximizing sports performance. The adage 'you can't manage what you can't measure' applies equally to athletes as to business. A second important function of athlete testing is to provide feedback to the athlete, which increases motivation as well as the athlete's understanding of their responses and adaptations to different training manipulations. A quality programme of athlete testing can also help build trust and respect between the strength and conditioning specialist and the other coaching staff as they come to appreciate the role and impact that strength and ' conditioning has in the overall athlete preparation.

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