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The purpose of athletic performance baseline testing is to paint a picture of an athlete’s overall athletic characteristics. Some characteristics translates over to sport specific skills. Baseline numbers can be useful to measure progress and can provide the athlete with positive feedback as they get better from their hard work.
It’s important to note there’s at least three ways for young athletes to improve athletic performance, training and age.
- With training, skills can be improved with age appropriate athletic training.
- Diverse sport exposure. Different sports will help develop a wide range of athleticism and fill gaps of other sports.
- Puberty. As young athletes go through puberty, they’ll naturally increase strength and somewhat power. However, athletic coordination and “fast twitch” movements may not naturally improve the same way.
Coordination, agility, fast twitch abilities are best developed through diverse sport activities and training when the athlete is young. During the pre-pubescent stage, the nervous system is still developing, and there is a greater capacity for neural adaptations and skill acquisition.
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Baseline Testing 9/19/23
The results and interpretations can be accessed below. If you have any specific questions about your athlete, contact us below.
Athlete ranking is the highest scorer across all tests. The higher the ranking, the more overall athleticism.
0-10yds is a measure of acceleration or quickness. Slower numbers can be due to poor start mechanics, and/or lack of strength and power.
30yd sprint is a measure of acceleration + top speed.
If an athlete ranks low in the 0-10yd, such as a (2) (which is good) but ranks higher on the 30yd sprint such as a (5): This could be due to inefficient running form during top speed.
If an athlete ranks high on the 0-10yd, such as a (3), but ranks lower on the 30yd sprint, such as a (1): This could mean they need to work on their acceleration/start mechanics.
*And sometimes this is just the unique “profile” of the athlete.
The jumps are good predictors of speed abilities and good measurements to check for progress for speed in training. The athletes with the most power generally have the best speed.
If someone ranks well on the broad jump, such as a (2), but ranks a (6) for the speed tests, this could indicate tremendous room for improvement in speed with proper training.
The agility test is a good indicator of how well the athlete knows how to control their body’s acceleration, deceleration, center of gravity.
- If someone ranks poorly on the agility test, such as an (8), but ranks better with a (5) in the 10yd acceleration…this could indicate the athlete has the speed to have a better agility, but just needs to develop body control.