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1st Edition

Performance Assessment in Strength and Conditioning

ISBN 9780415789387
Published November 5, 2018 by Routledge
382 Pages 74 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

It is an essential skill for any strength and conditioning coach to be able to reliably assess the physical performance of their athletes and communicate the results and their implications to performers and coaches, alike. Performance Assessment in Strength and Conditioning is the first textbook to clearly and coherently suggest the most appropriate and reliable methods for assessing and monitoring athletes’ performance, as well as including detailed sections on testing considerations and the interpretation and application of results.

The book explores the full range of considerations required to reliably assess performance, including questions of ethics and safety, reliability and validity, and standardised testing, before going on to recommend (through a comparison of field- and laboratory-based techniques) the optimal methods for testing all aspects of physical performance, including:

  • injury risk
  • jump performance
  • sprint performance
  • change of direction and agility

  • strength
  • power
  • aerobic performance
  • body composition

Closing with a section on interpreting, presenting and applying results to practice, and illustrated with real-life case study data throughout, Performance Assessment in Strength and Conditioning offers the most useful guide to monitoring athlete performance available. It is an essential text for upper-level strength and conditioning students and practitioners alike.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Role of Assessing and Monitoring Performance

Mike McGuigan

Part 1: Testing Considerations

1. Ethical and Health and Safety Issues

Steve Atkins

2. Psychological Issues during Assessment of Performance

Jon Radcliffe

3. Reliability, Validity and Measurement Error

Peter Mundy and Neil Clarke

4. Standardisation of Testing

John J. McMahon, Paul A. Jones, and Paul Comfort

5. Structured Testing vs. Continual Monitoring

Paul Comfort, Paul A. Jones, and Guy W. Hornsby

Part 2: Assessment Methods

6. Assessment of Factors Associated with Injury Risk

Lee C. Herrington, Allan G. Munro, and Paul A. Jones

7. Vertical Jump Testing

John J. McMahon, Jason P. Lake, and Tim J. Suchomel

8. Sprint Testing

Robert Lockie

9. Change of Direction and Agility

Paul A. Jones and Sophia Nimphius

10. Strength – Isometric and Dynamic Testing

G. Greg Haff

11. Assessment of Power

Jason Lake and Peter Mundy

12. Aerobic Performance Assessment

Fred J. DiMenna and Andrew M. Jones

13. Body Composition Assessment

Carl Langan-Evans, James P. Morton and Graeme L. Close

14. Combined Assessment Methods

Tim J. Suchomel, John J. McMahon, and Jason P. Lake

Part 3: Interpretation and Application

15. Interpretation of Results

Jeremy A. Gentles, Guy W. Hornsby, and Michael H. Stone

16. Presentation and Communication of Results

John McMahon and Peter Mundy

17. Application to Training

Guy W. Hornsby, Jeremy A. Gentles, and Michael h. Stone

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Paul Comfort, PhD, CSCS*D, ASCC, is a Reader in Strength and Conditioning and Programme Leader for the MSc Strength and Conditioning at the University of Salford, UK.

Paul A. Jones, PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons), CSCS*D, BASES Accred. CSci., is a Lecturer in Sports Biomechanics and Strength and Conditioning at the University of Salford, UK.

John J. McMahon, PhD, CSCS, ASCC, is a Lecturer in Sports Biomechanics and Strength and Conditioning (S&C) at the University of Salford, UK.