2nd Edition

Sport and Exercise Physiology Testing Guidelines: Volume I - Sport Testing The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Guide

    470 Pages 20 Color & 26 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    470 Pages 20 Color & 26 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    470 Pages 20 Color & 26 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Since its first published edition more than 30 years ago, the BASES (British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences) Physiological Testing Guidelines have represented the leading knowledge base of current testing methodology for sport and exercise scientists. Sport and exercise physiologists conduct physiological assessments that have proven validity and reliability, both in laboratory and sport-specific contexts. A wide variety of test protocols have been developed, adapted and refined to support athletes of all abilities reach their full potential. This book is a comprehensive guide to these protocols and to the key issues relating to physiological testing.

    With contributions from leading specialist sport physiologists and covering a wide range of mainstream sports in terms of ethical, practical and methodological issues, this volume represents an essential resource for sport-specific exercise testing in both research and applied settings. This new edition draws on the authors’ experience of supporting athletes from many sports through several Olympic cycles to achieve world leading performances. While drawing on previous editions, it is presented in a revised format matching the sport groupings used in elite sport support within the UK sport institutes. Building on the underpinning general procedures, these specific chapters are supported by appropriate up-to-date case studies in the supporting web resources.


    Part 1: Professional Best Practice

    1.1. Professional Competency and Working with Others

    Michael J. Price, Andrew M. Miles, and Paul M. Smith

    1.2. Physiological Exercise Testing: Ethical Considerations

    Steve R. Bird and Andrew Smith

    1.3. Health and Safety in Duty of Care: Evaluating and Stratifying Risk

    S. Andy Sparks, Kelly Marrin, and Craig A. Bridge

    1.4. Safeguarding in Physiological Testing

    Emma Kavanagh and Daniel Rhind

    Part 2: Analysis and Reporting

    2.1. Data Intelligence and Feedback to the Coach

    Sarah Gilchrist and Mark Holmer

    2.2. Reliability and Measurement Error

    Shaun J. McLaren

    2.3. Scaling: Adjusting Physiological and Performance Measures for Differences in Body Size

    Edward Winter and Simon Jobson

    Part 3: General Procedures

    3.1. Pre-Participation Evaluation for Athletes

    Rachel N. Lord and David Oxborough

    3.2. Equipment Maintenance and Calibration Standards

    David Green and Glyn Howatson

    3.3. Lung and Respiratory Muscle Function

    John Dickinson and Karl Sylvester

    3.4. Surface Anthropometry

    Susan C. Lennie

    3.5. Functional Screening

    Mike Duncan, Stuart Elwell, and Mark Lyons

    3.6. Respiratory Gas Analysis

    Simon Marwood and Richie P. Goulding

    3.7. Metabolic Threshold Testing, Interpretation and Its Prognostic Prescriptive Value

    Mark Burnley and Matthew I. Black

    3.8. Ratings of Perceived Exertion

    John Buckley and Roger Eston

    3.9. Strength Testing

    Dale Cannavan and Katie Thralls Butte

    3.10. Blood Sampling

    Ronald J Maughan, Susan M Shirreffs

    3.11. Skeletal Muscle Biopsy: Techniques and Applications

    Richard A. Ferguson and Natalie F. Shur

    3.12. Non-Invasive Assessment of the Neuromuscular System

    Glyn Howatson, Kevin Thomas, Paul Ansdell, Stuart Goodall

    3.13. Field Based Testing

    Barry Drust and Mark Noon

    3.14. Application of Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry

    Karen Hind

    Part 4: Racing Sports (Endurance, Middle-distance and Sprint)

    4.1. Middle- and Long-distance Running

    Brian Hanley and Andy Shaw

    4.2. Triathlon

    Laura Needham and Ben Stephenson

    4.3. Swimming

    Benjamin E. Scott, Adrian Campbell, Clare Lobb

    4.4. Rowing

    Richard J. Godfrey, Craig A. Williams, Sarah Gilchrist, and R. C. Richard Davison

    4.5. Cycling

    Len Parker Simpson, James G. Hopker, and R.C. Richard Davison

    4.6. Canoeing and Kayaking

    Ciara Sinnott-O’Connor and Caroline MacManus

    4.7. Speed Skating (Long-Track and Short-Track)

    Florentina Hettinga, Martha Brouwer Muñoz, and Andrew Hext

    4.8. Cross-Country Skiing and Biathlon

    Thomas W. Jones and Kerry McGawley

    Part 5: Invasion Games

    5.1. Soccer

    Liam Anderson, Chris Barnes and Barry Drust

    5.2. Field Hockey

    Caroline Sunderland and Hannah MacLeod

    5.3. Rugby

    Craig Twist and Jamie Highton

    5.4. Netball

    Sarah Whitehead and Cameron Owen

    5.5. Basketball

    Anne Delextrat, Mark Williams, and Andy Howse

    Part 6: Racket Sports

    6.1. Squash

    Carl James, Timothy Jones, and Olivier Girard

    6.2. Table Tennis

    Terun Desai, Goran Munivrana, and Irene R. Faber

    Part 7: Bat and Ball Sports

    7.1. Cricket

    Will Vickery and Jamie Tallent

    Part 8: Target Sports

    8.1. Golf

    Mark F Smith

    8.2. Curling

    David Leith, Helen M. Collins, and Audrey Duncan

    Part 9: High intensity Skill Sports

    9.1. Motorsports

    Pete McKnight and John Noonan

    9.2. Sport Climbing

    Edward Smith and Mayur Ranchordas

    Part 10: Aesthetic Physical Sports

    10.1. Artistic Gymnastic

    Monèm Jemni

    Part 11: Combat Sports

    11.1. Judo

    Kyle Wallace and Emerson Franchini

    11.2. Amateur and Professional Boxing

    Alan Ruddock and Laura Needham

    11.3. Fencing

    Lindsay Bottoms, Robert Cawdron, Steve Kemp, and Luke Oates

    Part 12: Paralympic Specific

    12.1. Ambulant Para-Athletes

    Ben Stephenson, Michael Hutchinson, and Vicky L. Goosey-Tolfrey

    12.2. Wheeled Para Sport

    Michael Hutchinson, Tom O’Brien., Connor Murphy, and Vicky L. Goosey-Tolfrey

    12.3. Intellectual Impairment

    Jan Burns, Mohammed Khudair, and Florentina J. Hettinga

    Part 13: Specific Populations

    13.1. Testing the Master Athlete

    R.C. Richard Davison and Paul M. Smith

    13.2. Testing Considerations for Children

    Craig Williams, Melitta McNarry and Keith Tolfrey

    13.3. Testing the Female Athlete

    Kirsty M. Hicks, Anthony C. Hackney, Michael Dooley, and Georgie Bruinvels

    Part 14: Environmental Specific Issues

    14.1. Performing at Altitude

    Mike Stembridge and C. R. Pedlar

    14.2. Performing in the Heat

    Neil S. Maxwell, Carl A. James, and Ash G. B. Willmott

    14.3. Performing in Cold Environments

    Clare Eglin, Michael Tipton and Heather Massey

    14.4. Swimming in Aquatic Environments

    Mitch Lomax and Heather Massey

    Part 15: Athlete Health and Wellbeing

    15.1. The Travelling Athlete

    Sara Gilchrist and Luke Gupta

    15.2. Athlete Wellbeing 

    Sarah Gilchrist and Emma Neupert

    15.3. Training Load

    Shaun J. McLaren, Franco M. Impellizzeri, Aaron J. Coutts, and Matthew Weston

    15.4. Overreaching and Overtraining

    Lee Bell and Alan Ruddock

    15.5. Exercise Testing for the Pregnant Athlete

    Victoria L. Meah, Amal Hassan, Lin Foo, Christoph Lees, and Marlize de Vivo

    15.6. Methods in Exercise Immunology
    Nicolette C. Bishop and Neil P. Walsh


    R.C. Richard Davison, PhD, FBASES, CSci, is Professor of Exercise Physiology in the School of Health and Life Sciences at the University of the West of Scotland, UK.

    Paul M. Smith, PhD, FBASES, FHEA, is Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology in the School of Sport and Health Sciences at Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK.

    James Hopker, PhD, is Professor of Sport and Exercise Science and Deputy Director of the Division of Natural Sciences at the University of Kent, UK.

    Michael J. Price, PhD, FBASES, is Reader in Exercise Physiology at Coventry University, UK.

    Florentina Hettinga, PhD, FACSM, FECSS, SFHEA, is Professor of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation and Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange of the Department of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation at Northumbria University, UK.

    Garry Tew, PhD, FBASES, FHEA, is Professor of Clinical Exercise Science in the Department of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation at Northumbria University, UK.

    Lindsay Bottoms, PhD, FBASES, is Reader in Exercise and Health Physiology at the University of Hertfordshire, UK, and the Director of the Research Centre for Psychology and Sports Sciences.

    "This is the Guideline provides the ‘gold standard’ for all methods used in assessing human fitness and performance in sport and exercise." – Professor Clyde Williams, Emeritus Professor of Sports Science, Loughborough University, UK