Core Muscle Strength & Stability Test
Testing and measurement are the means of collecting information upon which subsequent performance evaluations and decisions are made but in the analysis, we need to bear in mind the factors that may influence the results.
The objective of the Core Muscle Strength & Stability Test is to monitor the development of the athlete's abdominal and lower back muscles.
To undertake this test, you will require:
How to conduct the test
The assistant is responsible for instructing the athlete as to the position to assume at the appropriate stage. Throughout the test, the back, neck and head should be maintained in the posture as per figure below. If the athlete is unable to hold this position, then the test is to be stopped.
The assistant records the stage at which the athlete is unable to maintain the correct body position or is unable to continue with the test.
I have been unable to locate any normative data for this test.
Analysis of the result is by comparing it with the results of previous tests. It is expected that, with appropriate training between each test, the analysis would indicate an improvement.
If the athlete can complete this test, then it indicates they have good core strength. If they are unable to complete the test, then repeat the routine 3 or 4 times a week until they can.
If core strength is poor, then the torso will move unnecessarily during motion and waste energy. Good core strength indicates that the athlete can move with high efficiency.
This test is suitable for active individuals but not for those where the test would be contraindicated.
Test reliability refers to the degree to which a test is consistent and stable in measuring what it is intended to measure. Reliability will depend upon how strict the test is conducted and the individual's level of motivation to perform the test. The following link provides a variety of factors that may influence the results and therefore the test reliability.
Test validity refers to the degree to which the test measures what it claims to measure and the extent to which inferences, conclusions, and decisions made based on test scores are appropriate and meaningful. This test provides a means to monitor the effect of training on the athlete's physical development.
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