Welcome to the Testing Homepage! Here you'll find tests to see how you and your athletes are progressing in their training. Everything from speed and agility to flexibility and endurance tests will be featured here.
Why We Don't Perform the Clean Anymore Brijesh Patel - April 30, 2013 The goal of most strength and conditioning programs is to increase their athletes ability to produce force at higher velocities, which is known as power. There are a number of methods and exerci . . . keep reading
Revisiting the FMS With Teams Sean Skahan - October 16, 2012 The title of this article includes "Re-visit" because I attempted to write about how I was using the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) back in 2004 or 2005. At the time, I was using the FMS with my team in a different manner than how I am now. . . . keep reading
Pre-season Testing Michael Boyle As fall rolls around the topic for many strength and conditioning coaches becomes pre-season testing. Although many of you have already planned your tests my ideas may stimulate some thought. . . . keep reading
EMG for Strength Coaches Kevin Neeld As strength and conditioning coaches, much of what we do involves training the neuromuscular system. Consequently, the more we can learn about the way the neuromuscular system works to produce force and coordinated movement the better we can train our athletes. One of the tools used to monitor the neural input to muscles is electromyography (EMG). EMG can be a confusing area because the signal is affected by so many different things, including well-known things like muscle fiber size and the number of muscle fibers, and less well-known things like body fat and blood flow. While much of the EMG research may be of interest to the strength and conditioning community, it's important to understand what exactly it is and what it measures so that research isn't misinterpreted. Hopefully this article will shed some light on EMG misnomers. . . . keep reading