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Evaluating Strength and Conditioning Tests With Z Scores: Avoiding Common Pitfalls

Pettitt, Robert W PhD, ATC, CSCS

Strength & Conditioning Journal: October 2010 - Volume 32 - Issue 5 - pp 100-103
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3181efe0c0
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SUBSEQUENT TO GATHERING STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING MEASUREMENTS ON A GROUP OF ATHLETES, THE CERTIFIED STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING SPECIALIST FACES THE TASK OF EVALUATING THOSE MEASUREMENTS. THIS ARTICLE DESCRIBES THE COMMANDS FOR CALCULATING Z SCORES FOR COMMON STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING MEASUREMENTS USING MICROSOFT EXCEL. STRATEGIES FOR AVOIDING 5 COMMON PITFALLS ASSOCIATED WITH Z SCORES ARE ALSO PROVIDED.

Department of Human Performance, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Minnesota

Robert Pettitt

is an associate professor of Human Performance at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

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