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Sport Specific Performance Tests

With so many tests to choose from it can be confusing when trying to select appropriate tests for a sport. Below I have identified a selection of sports and suggested a possible test to evaluate each of the athlete's fitness components.

Suggested evaluation tests are available for the following sports:

Basketball Boxing Badminton Cricket
Cycling Hockey Golf Rowing
Rugby Running Squash Soccer
Swimming Tennis T&F - Jumps T&F - Throws
T&F - Sprints USA Football    

Basketball

Fitness Component Evaluation Test
Aerobic Endurance Multistage Fitness Test or Bleep test
Anaerobic Endurance Running-based Anaerobic Sprint Test
Agility Lateral Change of Direction test
Balance Standing Stork Test Blind
Body Composition Body Fat Percentage
Coordination Hand Eye coordination
Fitness General  Quadrathon
Flexibility Sit and Reach test
Psychology Sport Competition Anxiety Test
Reaction Time Ruler Drop Test
Strength - Core  Core muscle strength and stability test
Strength - Elastic Vertical Jump Test
Strength - General  Squats Test
Speed and Power 40 metre multiple Sprint Test

Boxing

Fitness Component Evaluation Test
Aerobic Endurance Queens College Step Test
Anaerobic Endurance Running-based Anaerobic Sprint Test
Agility Quick Feet test
Balance Standing Stork Test Blind
Body Composition Body Fat Percentage
Coordination Hand Eye coordination
Fitness General  Quadrathon
Flexibility Sit and Reach test
Psychology Sport Competition Anxiety Test
Reaction Time Ruler Drop Test
Strength - Core  Core muscle strength and stability test
Strength - Elastic Standing Long Jump test
Strength - General  Burpee Test
Speed and Power 60 metre speed test

Cricket

Fitness Component Evaluation Test
Aerobic Endurance Queens College Step Test
Anaerobic Endurance Running-based Anaerobic Sprint Test
Agility Quick Feet test
Balance Standing Stork Test Blind
Body Composition Body Fat Percentage
Coordination Hand Eye coordination
Fitness General  Quadrathon
Flexibility Sit and Reach test
Psychology Sport Competition Anxiety Test
Reaction Time Ruler Drop Test
Strength - Core  Core muscle strength and stability test
Strength - Elastic Standing Long Jump test
Strength - General  Squats Test
Speed and Power 60 metre speed test

Cycling

Fitness Component Evaluation Test
Aerobic Endurance Queens College Step Test
Anaerobic Endurance Running-based Anaerobic Sprint Test
Agility Quick Feet test
Balance Standing Stork Test Blind
Body Composition Body Fat Percentage
Coordination Hand Eye coordination
Fitness General  Quadrathon
Flexibility Sit and Reach test
Psychology Sport Competition Anxiety Test
Reaction Time Ruler Drop Test
Strength - Core  Core muscle strength and stability test
Strength - Elastic Standing Long Jump test
Strength - General  Squats Test
Speed and Power Wingate ANaerobic 30 cycle test

Field Hockey

Fitness Component Evaluation Test
Aerobic Endurance Multistage Fitness Test or Bleep test
Anaerobic Endurance Running-based Anaerobic Sprint Test
Agility Illinois agility run test
Balance Standing Stork Test Blind
Body Composition Body Fat Percentage
Coordination Hand Eye coordination
Fitness General  Wilf Paish Rugby Football Tests
Flexibility Sit and Reach test
Psychology Sport Competition Anxiety Test
Reaction Time Ruler Drop Test
Strength - Core  Core muscle strength and stability test
Strength - Elastic Standing Long Jump test
Strength - General  Burpee Test
Speed and Power 40 metre multiple Sprint Test

Golf

Fitness Component Evaluation Test
Aerobic Endurance Queens College Step Test
Anaerobic Endurance Running-based Anaerobic Sprint Test
Agility Illinois agility run test
Balance Standing Stork Test Blind
Body Composition Body Fat Percentage
Coordination Hand Eye coordination
Fitness General  Quadrathon
Flexibility Sit and Reach test
Psychology Sport Competition Anxiety Test
Reaction Time Ruler Drop Test
Strength - Core  Core muscle strength and stability test
Strength - Elastic Standing Long Jump test
Strength - General  Squats Test
Speed and Power 40 metre multiple Sprint Test

Rowing

Fitness Component Evaluation Test
Aerobic Endurance Queens College Step Test
Anaerobic Endurance Running-based Anaerobic Sprint Test
Agility Illinois agility run test
Balance Standing Stork Test Blind
Body Composition Body Fat Percentage
Coordination Hand Eye coordination
Fitness General  Quadrathon
Flexibility Sit and Reach test
Psychology Sport Competition Anxiety Test
Reaction Time Ruler Drop Test
Strength - Core  Core muscle strength and stability test
Strength - Elastic Standing Long Jump test
Strength - General  Burpee Test
Speed and Power Concept 2 Rowing Step test

Rugby

Fitness Component Evaluation Test
Aerobic Endurance Multistage Fitness Test or Bleep test
Anaerobic Endurance Running-based Anaerobic Sprint Test
Agility Illinois agility run test
Balance Standing Stork Test Blind
Body Composition Body Fat Percentage
Coordination Hand Eye coordination
Fitness General  Wilf Paish Rugby Football Tests
Flexibility Sit and Reach test
Psychology Sport Competition Anxiety Test
Reaction Time Ruler Drop Test
Strength - Core  Core muscle strength and stability test
Strength - Elastic Standing Long Jump test
Strength - General  Burpee Test
Speed and Power 40 metre multiple Sprint Test

Running - Endurance

Fitness Component Evaluation Test
Aerobic Endurance Cooper VO2 max test
Anaerobic Endurance Running-based Anaerobic Sprint Test
Agility Quick Feet test
Balance Standing Stork Test Blind
Body Composition Body Fat Percentage
Coordination Hand Eye coordination
Fitness General  Quadrathon
Flexibility Sit and Reach test
Psychology Sport Competition Anxiety Test
Reaction Time Ruler Drop Test
Strength - Core  Core muscle strength and stability test
Strength - Elastic Standing Long Jump test
Strength - General  Squats Test
Speed and Power 60 metre speed test

Racket Sports (Badminton, Squash, Tennis)

Fitness Component Evaluation Test
Aerobic Endurance Multistage Fitness Test or Bleep test
Anaerobic Endurance Running-based Anaerobic Sprint Test
Agility Lateral Change of Direction test
Balance Standing Stork Test Blind
Body Composition Body Fat Percentage
Coordination Hand Eye coordination
Fitness General  Quadrathon
Flexibility Sit and Reach test
Psychology Sport Competition Anxiety Test
Reaction Time Ruler Drop Test
Strength - Core  Core muscle strength and stability test
Strength - Elastic Standing Long Jump test
Strength - General  Burpee Test
Speed and Power 300 yard shuttle test

Soccer

Fitness Component Evaluation Test
Aerobic Endurance Yo-Yo Intermittent Endurance Test
Anaerobic Endurance Running-based Anaerobic Sprint Test
Agility Illinois agility run test
Balance Standing Stork Test Blind
Body Composition Body Fat Percentage
Coordination Hand Eye coordination
Fitness General  Wilf Paish Rugby Football Tests
Flexibility Sit and Reach test
Psychology Sport Competition Anxiety Test
Reaction Time Ruler Drop Test
Strength - Core  Core muscle strength and stability test
Strength - Elastic Standing Long Jump test
Strength - General  Burpee Test
Speed and Power 40 metre multiple Sprint Test

Swimming

Fitness Component Evaluation Test
Aerobic Endurance Critical Swim Speed
Anaerobic Endurance Running-based Anaerobic Sprint Test
Agility Lateral Change of Direction test
Balance Standing Stork Test Blind
Body Composition Body Fat Percentage
Coordination Hand Eye coordination
Fitness General  Quadrathon
Flexibility Sit and Reach test
Psychology Sport Competition Anxiety Test
Reaction Time Ruler Drop Test
Strength - Core  Core muscle strength and stability test
Strength - Elastic Standing Long Jump test
Strength - General  Squats Test
Speed and Power 300 yard shuttle test

Track & Field - Jumps

Fitness Component Evaluation Test
Aerobic Endurance Queens College Step Test
Anaerobic Endurance Running-based Anaerobic Sprint Test
Agility Quick Feet test
Balance Standing Stork Test Blind
Body Composition Body Fat Percentage
Coordination Hand Eye coordination
Fitness General  Quadrathon
Flexibility Sit and Reach test
Psychology Sport Competition Anxiety Test
Reaction Time Ruler Drop Test
Strength - Core  Core muscle strength and stability test
Strength - Elastic Jumps Decathlon
Strength - General  Squats Test
Speed and Power 60 metre speed test

Track & Field - Throws

Fitness Component Evaluation Test
Aerobic Endurance Queens College Step Test
Anaerobic Endurance Running-based Anaerobic Sprint Test
Agility Quick Feet test
Balance Standing Stork Test Blind
Body Composition Body Fat Percentage
Coordination Hand Eye coordination
Fitness General  Medicine Ball Javelin Quadrathlon
Flexibility Sit and Reach test
Psychology Sport Competition Anxiety Test
Reaction Time Ruler Drop Test
Strength - Core  Core muscle strength and stability test
Strength - Elastic Standing Long Jump test
Strength - General  Squats Test
Speed and Power 60 metre speed test

Track & Field - Sprints

Fitness Component Evaluation Test
Aerobic Endurance Queens College Step Test
Anaerobic Endurance Running-based Anaerobic Sprint Test
Agility Quick Feet test
Balance Standing Stork Test Blind
Body Composition Body Fat Percentage
Coordination Hand Eye coordination
Fitness General  Quadrathon
Flexibility Sit and Reach test
Psychology Sport Competition Anxiety Test
Reaction Time Ruler Drop Test
Strength - Core  Core muscle strength and stability test
Strength - Elastic Standing Long Jump test
Strength - General  Squats Test
Speed and Power 60 metre speed test

USA Football

Fitness Component Evaluation Test
Aerobic Endurance Multistage Fitness Test or Bleep test
Anaerobic Endurance Running-based Anaerobic Sprint Test
Agility Illinois agility run test
Balance Standing Stork Test Blind
Body Composition Body Fat Percentage
Coordination Hand Eye coordination
Fitness General  Wilf Paish Rugby Football Tests
Flexibility Sit and Reach test
Psychology Sport Competition Anxiety Test
Reaction Time Ruler Drop Test
Strength - Core  Core muscle strength and stability test
Strength - Elastic Standing Long Jump test
Strength - General  Burpee Test
Speed and Power 40 metre multiple Sprint Test


Related References

The following references provide additional information on this topic:

  • NOAKES, T. D. (1988) Implications of exercise testing for prediction of athletic performance: a contemporary perspective. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 20 (4), p. 319-330
  • HOPKINS, W. G. (2004) How to interpret changes in an athletic performance test. Sportscience, 8, p. 1-7
  • HOFFMAN, J. R. et al. (1996) Relationship between athletic performance tests and playing time in elite college basketball players. The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, 10 (2), p. 67-71

Page Reference

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  • MACKENZIE, B. (2011) Sport Specific Performance Tests [WWW] Available from: https://www.brianmac.co.uk/evalsports.htm [Accessed

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