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Strength and Power Profiling of Athletes: Selecting Tests and How to Use the Information for Program Design

McGuigan, Michael R. PhD, CSCS*D1; Cormack, Stuart J. PhD2; Gill, Nicholas D. PhD1,3

Strength & Conditioning Journal: December 2013 - Volume 35 - Issue 6 - p 7–14
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000011
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ABSTRACT: STRENGTH AND POWER DIAGNOSIS CAN PROVIDE VALUABLE INSIGHTS INTO THE DIFFERENT CAPACITIES OF ATHLETES. THE STRENGTH AND POWER TESTS CHOSEN SHOULD BE RELIABLE AND VALID AND TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE SPORT AND WHAT IS A MEANINGFUL CHANGE IN PERFORMANCE. THE RESULTS OF THESE TESTS NEED TO BE REPORTED IN A CLEAR, MEANINGFUL, AND TIMELY MANNER FOR COACHES IF THEY ARE TO HAVE MAXIMAL IMPACT ON TRAINING PROGRAMS. THE PRACTITIONER CAN USE THIS EVIDENCE-BASED INFORMATION IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE ART OF COACHING TO MAXIMIZE TRAINING PROGRAM EFFECTIVENESS.

1Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand, AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand;

2School of Exercise Science, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Australia; and

3New Zealand Rugby Union, Wellington, New Zealand

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

Michael R. McGuigan is a professor of Strength and Conditioning at Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand, AUT University.

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Stuart J. Cormack is a senior lecturer in the School of Exercise Science, Australian Catholic University.

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Nicholas D. Gill is a strength and conditioning coach for the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team.

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