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A Testing Battery for the Assessment of Fitness in Soccer Players

Turner, Anthony MSc, CSCS1; Walker, Scott MSc, CSCS1; Stembridge, Michael MSc2; Coneyworth, Paul MSc1; Reed, Glen MSc1; Birdsey, Laurence MSc2; Barter, Phil MSc1; Moody, Jeremy PhD2

Strength & Conditioning Journal: October 2011 - Volume 33 - Issue 5 - pp 29-39
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e31822fc80a
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STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROFESSIONALS WORKING WITH SOCCER TEAMS MUST BE ABLE TO ADMINISTER A TIME-EFFICIENT, VALID, AND RELIABLE FITNESS TEST, WITH HIGH CONTENT VALIDITY. BASED ON THESE CRITERIA AND THE RESEARCH HEREIN, THE FOLLOWING BATTERY IS ADVISED: ANTHROPOMETRY, SQUAT JUMP, COUNTER MOVEMENT JUMP, REACTIVE STRENGTH, 1 REPETITION MAXIMUM (1RM) POWER CLEAN, 1RM SQUAT, PRO-AGILITY, LINEAR SPEED, AND YO-YO INTERMITTENT RECOVERY TEST. THE RESULTS CAN GUIDE THE STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROFESSIONALS AND TECHNICAL COACHES IN PROGRAM DESIGN, LEADING TO MORE EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT GOAL ACHIEVEMENT.

1London Sport Institute, Middlesex University, London, United Kingdom; and 2Cardiff School of Sport, University of Wales, Cardiff, United Kingdom

Anthony Turneris a strength and conditioning coach and a program leader for the MSc in strength and conditioning at the London Sport Institute, Middlesex University, London, United Kingdom.

Scott Walker is a strength and conditioning coach for Cambridge United Football Club and owner and operator of “Optimise Performance and Wellbeing.”

Michael Stembridge is a sport science support officer in the Cardiff School of Sport, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, United Kingdom.

Paul Coneyworth is a strength and conditioning coach and a current masters student at the London Sports Institute, Middlesex University, London, United Kingdom.

Glen Reed is a strength and conditioning student at Middlesex University, London, United Kingdom, and a strength and conditioning coach for Middlesex Blind Football team.

Laurence Birdsey is studying MSc in sport and exercise science at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, United Kingdom, and is head rowing coach at Christ Church Boat Club, Oxford, United Kingdom.

Phil Barter is the director of programs for sport and the program leader for BSc in sport and exercise science at the London Sport Institute, Middlesex University, United Kingdom.

Jeremy Moody is the discipline director for sport and exercise medicine, sports conditioning, rehabilitation, and massage at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, United Kingdom.

© 2011 National Strength and Conditioning Association