WHY ATHLETES NEED PERFORMANCE TESTING

November 15, 2019

Harry Weatherstone

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Performance testing involves running athletes through a series of movements and assessing their performance. Periodical performance testing plays an important role in the development of any athlete. The tests that are undertaken as part of a performance testing session are designed to measure and assess specific physical qualities underpinning an athletes development and their sporting performance.

This involves testing an athletes: strength, power, speed, change of direction and agility, flexibility, motor control and movement competency, coordination and balance, as well as their conditioning, both anaerobic and aerobic.

Here are a few reasons why performance testing is so important:

• Performance testing creates accountability for both coaches and athletes. If you are not seeing improvement in your performance test results, it is important to ask why and dig deep into the underlying reasons why this might be the case.

• Performance testing creates intrinsic and extrinsic motivation for athletes to follow the training process and push harder. Nothing motivates an athlete more than wanting to reach a new PB and have a little friendly competition between teammates.

• It provides feedback as to an athletes strengths and weaknesses regarding their physical development. This feedback can be used as a guide to direct future programming for an athlete.

• Performance testing gives athletes the ability to compare their results with not only themselves, but with the pros, as well as athletes of the same age and sport. You will find trends that successful athletes in your sport will be reaching certain scores in tests specific to their sport.

All athletes should be utilising performance testing, wherever and whenever possible. At the Youth Athletic Development Academy, we run testing for our #yadathletes during the school holidays of each term. Our next performance testing date is approaching fast. Send us an email for more information. We’d love to see you all there!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Harry Weatherstone is the founder of the Youth Athletic Development Academy and the head Strength and Conditioning Coach at St. Andrew’s Anglican College. He is an ASCA accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach and has a Bachelors Degree in Sport and Exercise Science and Sport Management. Harry has been a sports coach for the last nine years, surrounding himself in high performance sport, athletic development and performance throughout New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and now Queensland. He has dedicated the last six years of his life to creating this movement in youth athletic development; investing countless hours into his own professional development to create the best programs possible for his students, athletes and clients.

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