Improving the value of fitness testing for football

Por Iñigo Mujika , el 21 mayo 2014
Material para tests de rendimiento (Foto: Iñigo Mujika)

Material para tests de rendimiento (Foto: Iñigo Mujika)

David B. Pyne, Matt Spencer, Iñigo Mujika.

International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. Volume 9, Issue 3, May 2014, 511 – 514.


One of the challenges for sports scientists working in football is to balance the needs for routine fitness testing with daily fatigue and well-being monitoring to best manage the physical preparation of players. In this commentary, the authors examine contemporary issues of fitness testing in football to identify ways of improving the value of routine testing and monitoring. A testing program must be well planned and organized to ensure that the results are useful. Different tests can be employed for younger and older players. A rigorous approach to analysis and interpretation of results is desirable, and database management must address both short- and long-term requirements of players, staff, and programs.

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