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Change of Direction and Agility Tests

Challenging Our Current Measures of Performance

Nimphius, Sophia PhD1,2; Callaghan, Samuel J. BSc (Honours)1; Bezodis, Neil E. PhD3; Lockie, Robert G. PhD4

Strength & Conditioning Journal: February 2018 - Volume 40 - Issue 1 - p 26–38
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000309
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ABSTRACT THE ABILITY TO CHANGE DIRECTION IS A HIGHLY VALUED ATHLETIC QUALITY IN SPORT AND HAS BEEN MEASURED EXTENSIVELY. DESPITE THE IMPORTANCE AND MAGNITUDE OF RESEARCH ON CHANGE OF DIRECTION (COD) AND AGILITY, THE VALIDITY OF THE PERFORMANCE MEASURES USED TO ASSESS THESE ABILITIES HAVE FACED LIMITED SCRUTINY. A CRITICAL EVALUATION OF OUR CURRENT MEASURES OF COD AND AGILITY ARE PRESENTED. FURTHERMORE, A SUMMARY OF RECOMMENDATIONS TO ENHANCE THE VALIDITY OF COD AND AGILITY ASSESSMENT IS PROVIDED IN THE ULTIMATE EFFORT TO IMPROVE OUR UNDERSTANDING OF THIS CRUCIAL ATHLETIC QUALITY. A VIDEO ABSTRACT DESCRIBING THIS ARTICLE CAN BE FOUND IN SUPPLEMENTAL DIGITAL CONTENT 1 (SEE VIDEO, http://links.lww.com/SCJ/A217).

1Centre for Exercise and Sports Science Research, School of Medical and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Australia;

2Softball Western Australia, Perth, Australia;

3Applied Sports, Technology, Exercise and Medicine Research Centre, Swansea University, Swansea, United Kingdom; and

4Department of Kinesiology, Center for Sport Performance, California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, California

Address correspondence to Dr. Sophia Nimphius, s.nimphius@ecu.edu.au.

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

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Sophia Nimphiusis an Associate Professor at Edith Cowan University and High Performance Manager at Softball Western Australia.

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Samuel J. Callaghanis a PhD Candidate at Edith Cowan University in collaboration with the West Australian Cricket Association.

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Neil E. Bezodisis a Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics and Technology at Swansea University.

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Robert G. Lockieis an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at California State University - Fullerton.

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