1st Edition

Performance Assessment in Strength and Conditioning

Edited By Paul Comfort, Paul A. Jones, John J. McMahon Copyright 2019
    382 Pages 74 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    382 Pages 74 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.