Test­ing time

Sportstar - - CHESS COLUMN - RAMJI SRINI­VASAN

Test­ing is pri­mar­ily used for help in de­sign­ing the most ap­pro­pri­ate ath­letic train­ing pro­gram for short­term, mid­term and long­term ben­e­fits.

Fit­ness tests may in­clude body com­po­si­tion, car­dio­vas­cu­lar, flex­i­bil­ity, strength and en­durance test­ing. Power, speed and agility eval­u­a­tions may be pro­vided for cer­tain ath­letes. Fit­ness tests are de­signed to mon­i­tor progress and to as­sist in the de­vel­op­ment of your fit­ness.

Test­ing is pri­mar­ily used for help in de­sign­ing the most ap­pro­pri­ate ath­letic train­ing pro­gram for short­term, mid­term and long­term ben­e­fits.

Va­lid­ity and re­li­a­bil­ity in fit­ness test­ing is vi­tal. Fit­ness pro­fes­sion­als should know and un­der­stand the dual con­cepts of va­lid­ity and re­li­a­bil­ity. A re­li­able mea­sure is mea­sur­ing some­thing con­sis­tently, while a valid mea­sure is mea­sur­ing what it is sup­posed to mea­sure. Most of it is lost in trans­la­tion and the essence of do­ing the test­ing is lost if both of th­ese are not ad­hered to con­sis­tently.

Ben­e­fits of fit­ness test­ing Iden­tify strengths and weak­nesses:

One of the most im­por­tant ben­e­fits of test­ing is to es­tab­lish the strengths and weak­nesses of the ath­lete on var­ied com­po­nents of fit­ness spe­cific to spe­cific sports. This is done by com­par­ing fit­ness test re­sults to other ath­letes in the same sport or skill set.

By com­par­ing nor­ma­tive test­ing data to see the ar­eas that need im­prove­ment, the train­ing pro­gramme can be mod­i­fied ac­cord­ingly. This way, spe­cific train­ing time can be used more pru­dently. How­ever, be­ware that some ath­letes ex­cel in their per­for­mance in their sport de­spite their non­ad­van­ta­geous phys­i­o­log­i­cal at­tributes.

The ini­tial test­ing ses­sion can give ath­letes an idea of where their fit­ness lev­els are at the start of a pro­gramme. Com­par­a­tive anal­y­sis on test­ing re­sults is valu­able for fu­ture tar­gets or goals. A base­line is es­pe­cially im­por­tant if you are about to em­bark on a new train­ing phase. Fit­ness tests should be planned at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals be­fore the new phase of train­ing. This is where a pe­ri­od­i­cal regime comes into play for spe­cific pro­to­cols.

By re­peat­ing tests at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals,

Mon­i­tor progress and set tar­gets:

you can get an idea of the ef­fec­tive­ness of the train­ing pro­gramme de­signed. The time­frame be­tween tests can de­pend on the avail­abil­ity of time/tour­na­ment/season/etc. De­pend­ing on th­ese fac­tors, the pe­riod be­tween tests may range from two weeks to six months. It usu­ally takes a min­i­mum of three­six weeks to see a pal­pa­ble change in many as­pects of fit­ness.

The tar­gets of­ten help on fo­cus and are a path­way to im­prove on cer­tain test scores, as the ath­letes know that they will be tested again at a later date on pa­ram­e­ters spe­cific to their needs.

Although test­ing has been used in this way for tal­ent iden­ti­fi­ca­tion at times, it has gen­er­ally not been very re­li­able in pre­dict­ing the fu­ture suc­cess of juniors (mainly due to vary­ing growth pat­terns) and in sports that rely heav­ily on other fac­tors such as tech­nique, tac­tics, diet, psy­cho­log­i­cal and other fac­tors.

Pro­vide tar­gets:

Tal­ent iden­ti­fi­ca­tion:

Most im­por­tant fac­tors for suc­cess in or­der of im­por­tance in cricket as a sport

1. Speed/quick­ness, co­or­di­na­tion

2. Mo­ti­va­tion and self­con­fi­dence, skill

balance

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Spe­cific needs: Bat­ters re­quire speed, agility, foot­work, balance and tac­ti­cal abil­ity.

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