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Evaluation of the Physical Test Battery Implemented at the National Football League Combine

Robbins, Daniel W. PhD, CSCS; Goodale, Tyler MSc, CSCS

Strength & Conditioning Journal: October 2012 - Volume 34 - Issue 5 - p 1–10
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e31826210e1
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SUMMARY: THE PURPOSES OF THIS REVIEW WERE TO EVALUATE THE PHYSICAL TEST BATTERY CURRENTLY IMPLEMENTED AT THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE (NFL) COMBINE AND TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS BASED ON POSITIONAL REQUIREMENTS. DEPENDING ON THE POSITION, VERY DIFFERENT SKILL SETS ARE NECESSARY FOR SUCCESS IN AMERICAN FOOTBALL. EVALUATION OF THE CURRENT NFL COMBINE BATTERY DETERMINED THAT MANY POSITIONS PERFORM TESTS NOT OF PARTICULAR IMPORTANCE TO THAT POSITION. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT 4 TESTS REPLACE THE CURRENT 6. THESE INCLUDE THE 36.6-M SPRINT WITH SPLIT TIMES, LOWER- AND UPPER-BODY MAXIMAL STRENGTH MEASURES, AND A DIRECT MEASURE OF LOWER-BODY POWER.

Canadian Sport Centre Pacific, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Daniel W. Robbins is an associate researcher at the Canadian Sport Centre Pacific.

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Tyler Goodale is the lead strength and conditioning coach at the Canadian Sport Centre Pacific.

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