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

ISBN 9780367491338
Published March 31, 2022 by Routledge
470 Pages 20 Color & 26 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


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

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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