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Coaching the Coaches Fitness Testing Protocol For GAA Squads Saturday 16 th January 2010 Lavey GAC, Derry . Test Battery. The following is the list of tests used as best practice throughout minor & senior inter-county GAA teams in Ulster; Personal Details; Height; Weight; Sit & Reach;

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Coaching the Coaches

Fitness Testing Protocol For GAA Squads

Saturday 16th January 2010

Lavey GAC, Derry


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Test Battery

  • The following is the list of tests used as best practice throughout minor & senior inter-county GAA teams in Ulster;

  • Personal Details;

  • Height;

  • Weight;

  • Sit & Reach;

  • Hand Grip;

  • Vertical Jump;

  • Medicine Ball Throw;

  • 20 Metre sprint;

  • 20 Metre shuttle run / Bleep test.


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Personal Details

  • 1. Personal Details recorded should include;

  • Name;

  • Date of birth;

  • Position;

  • Club;

  • School / College;

  • Contact details (email & mobile);

  • Any other important info.

  • This detail should, where possible, be gathered prior to the testing session.


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Height & Weight

  • 2. Height;

    • Should be measured in cm;

    • Various height measures available;

    • Simplest option is a basic measuring tape;

    • Best equipment is Leicester Height Measure - £50;

  • 3. Weight;

    • Should be measured in Kg;

    • Basic set of scales costs as little as £15;

    • Seca scales are most relaible and durable - £200.


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Conditioning Tests

  • 4. Sit & Reach;

    • Meausure lower back and hamstring flexibility in Cm;

    • Requires a sit and reach box - £80;

    • Can be home made using a solid box and measuring tape.

  • 5. Hand Grip;

    • Measurement of upper body strength in Kg;

    • Requires a hand grip dynamometer - £100.

  • 6. Vertical Jump;

    • Measures lower body strength / power;

    • A variety of options for measurement;

    • Can be as simple as a measuring tape and a piece of chalk;

  • 7. Medicine Ball Throw;

    • Measures upper body power output;

    • Requires 5kg medicine ball and measuring tape.


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Performance Tests

  • 8. 20m Sprint;

    • Measures player speed over 20m in seconds;

    • Best performed with infra red sensor gates;

    • Can be performed with a stopwatch.

  • 9. 20m Shuttle run / Bleep test;

    • Measure player cardio-vascular endurance;

    • Needs a CD player and test cd - £20.


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Organisation

  • Test Order

  • The order the tests are performed in should be as presented above and as per the 3 distinct groups below;

    • Height & Weight;

    • Conditioning Tests;

    • Performance Tests.

  • Height and weight should be performed by each player as they arrive;

  • Followed by the entire group carrying out conditioning tests;

  • A brief group warm-up should precede the 20m sprint test;

  • And all test sessions should finish with the bleep test.


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Organisation

  • Repeatability

  • The key to all test sessions is that the same protocol is maintained when re-testing;

    • All the same equipment is used;

    • The same order of tests is used;

    • The same facility, where possible is used;

    • The testing session is at the same time of day; &

    • Players have had a similar build up to test day with regard to training load over previous 2-3 days etc.

  • Coaches can only take useful info from fitness tests if repeat tests are carried out under similar conditions to the initial test.


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Organisation

  • General Organisation

  • Effectiveness of testing sessions is helped greatly by advance preparation;

    • Gather personal details in advance;

    • Prepare results recording sheets including names;

    • Ensure you will have sufficient support to record results / oversee tests (4-5 people);

    • Organise the group to arrive at realistic intervals – typically 15 players can be fully tested in 1 hour.

    • Prepare the testing session equipment at least 15 minutes prior to 1st arrivals.




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Summary

  • Test selection;

  • Order of tests;

  • Equipment ;

  • Consistent and repeatable;

  • Organisation.


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Fitness Testing

  • Questions?


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