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The Usefulness and Reliability of Fitness Testing Protocols for Ice Hockey Players: A Literature Review

Nightingale, Steven C.; Miller, Stuart; Turner, Anthony

Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research:
doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e3182736948
Brief Review

Abstract: Nightingale, SC, Miller, S, and Turner, A. The usefulness and reliability of fitness testing protocols for ice hockey players: A literature review. J Strength Cond Res 27(6): 1742–1748, 2013—Ice hockey, like most sports, uses fitness testing to assess athletes. This study reviews the current commonly used fitness testing protocols for ice hockey players, discussing their predictive values and reliability. It also discusses a range of less commonly used measures and limitations in current testing protocols. The article concludes with a proposed testing program suitable for ice hockey players.

Author Information

Faculty of Science and Technology, University Center Peterborough, Peterborough, United Kingdom

London Sport Institute, Middlesex University, London, United Kingdom

Address correspondence to Steven C. Nightingale,

Copyright © 2013 by the National Strength & Conditioning Association.