Sport – Specific Testing
ASTA can implement a testing battery that is relevant to any sport. We achieve this by analysing the sport first to determine which physiological and biomechanical properties are relevant. For example, in soccer, individuals run for approximately 90 minutes. However, the type of running they do is intermittent in nature with short bursts of high intensity sprinting as well as periods of low intensity jogging. Therefore, it is not accurate to administer a test in which they run continuously for as long as possible. Rather, a test that is intermittent in nature is more accurate and appropriate.
Benefits of testing:
• Gather baseline data.
• Gather objective data
• Allows for athletes’ progress to be assessed
• Goal setting
• Identifying strengths and weaknesses
• Assists in programme prescription