Physiological Tests for Elite Athletes
Testing is a given in today’s athletic environment. Whereas football has taken testing to a high level with its combines, what about other sports? The answer can be found in Physiological Tests for Elite Athletes, a superior reference book by the Australian Sports Commission published by Human Kinetics (humankinetics.com).
In a nutshell, this amazing book offers five reasons for testing: 1) Identify weaknesses, 2) Monitor progress, 3) Provide feedback, 4) Educate coaches and athletes, and 5) Predict performance potential. Their criteria for testing include relevance, specificity, practicality, validity and accuracy. Testing protocols are provided for 17 sports, with standards developed from national- and international-level athletes.
Such information provides practical information for coaches to design individualized strength and conditioning programs. In addition to providing tests for specific tests, Physiological Tests for Elite Athletes presents details on protocols for many general laboratory assessments, including the following:
• blood lactate testing
• anthropometric testing
• blood sampling and handling
• flexibility assessment
• VO2max assessment
• various methods of strength and power testing
This 465-page reference tool is a must for not just sport scientists but also physical educators and coaches involved in strength and conditioning programs for athletes.