Athletes are reporting to training camp in many sports right now and that often means one thing: grueling fitness tests to check an athlete’s shape. But the testing is getting out of hand. On this episode of the GAINcast we take a close look at fitness and performance testing, with examples of how to do it right and wrong.
Notes and quotes
- 2:30 – Preseason problems: “We think we need test batteries to motivate the athletes in the offseason when we don’t see them and that they report fit. If you can’t find a better war to motivate your athletes than through fear, motivate intrinsically to be fit for their sport. ” “Preseason fitness testing is risky at best. I would recommend set some team goals so they shoot for a team average, and let the team set the goal.”
- 6:30 – Why are you testing?
- 8:00 – Training as testing.
- 9:45 – Performance testing vs. motivational testing.
- 11:45 – Motivation backfire. “Tests are supposed to motivate athletes to work hard, but more often it backfires and athletes dread come back to the sport because they’ll get killed. More people get burned out than motivated. “
- 14:15 – Longitudinal athlete profiling and examples from the Chicago White Sox.
- 18:30 – Testing checklist for coaches: “Testing checklist: (1) the coach determines the need for testing. (2) select the test and determine the test protocol. (3) conduct the test as objectively as possible. (4) collect and organize the data. (5) analyze the results. “
- 22:30 – Baseline tests vs. max tests: “If there is a level where you know it is enough, do you need to push athletes beyond that in a test? Try and find tests where if you get that baseline, you’re done. “
- 23:30 – Grading athletes.
- 27:00 – Making testing about competition rather than surviving. “Competition is the highest form of evaluation, that’s what we’re trying to get ready for. The thing I always look at when we do testing is how the athlete competes. “
- 31:00 – When to test.
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The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:
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- We’ve covered testing before on GAINcast 101, as well as fitness for team sports on GAINcast 99. HMMR Podcast 47 also covered testing.
- Our January 2018 HMMR Hangout also looked at putting together a practical testing framework for an amateur rugby club.
- Vern has also written about the related testing = training and training = testing concept.
- You can learn more about the Max Jones Quadrathlon here.