Reason’s for Fitness and Skill (COMBINE) Testing Athlete’s
1. GET A BASELINE
The initial testing session will provide a baseline for athletes and coaches. A baseline will show an athletes progression during their career in sport.
2. IDENTIFY STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES
You can determine your strengths and weaknesses by comparing fitness and skill test results to other athletes in the same training group, the same sport, or the same age in a similar population group.
3. SET GOALS
Specific and general fitness goals should be set after the initial testing. By repeating the tests at regular intervals, you can get an idea of the effectiveness of the training program and whether your goals are being achieved.
4. DESIGN AN INDIVIDUALIZED PROGRAM
Once the areas of strength and weakness have been identified, an appropriate training program can de designed to workout efficiently and maximize gains by concentrating your efforts on the areas of greatest need.
5. COMPARE TESTING RESULTS
Athletes and coaches can compare results from an athletes past testing sessions AND to other athletes in their sport, age, or similar population group.
6. MONITOR PROGRESS
Monitoring an athlete’s progress is the foundation to an successful program. Testing sessions should be completed at the beginning of a new training phase, and again at the end of each phase. The period between tests may range from 2 weeks to 6 months. On average it takes a minimum of 2-6 weeks to see a noticeable change in any aspect of fitness and skills.