It is an essential skill for any strength and conditioning coach to be able to reliably assess the physical performance of their athletes and communicate the results and their implications to performers and coaches, alike. Performance Assessment in Strength and Conditioning is the first textbook to clearly and coherently suggest the most appropriate and reliable methods for assessing and monitoring athletes’ performance, as well as including detailed sections on testing considerations and the interpretation and application of results.

The book explores the full range of considerations required to reliably assess performance, including questions of ethics and safety, reliability and validity, and standardised testing, before going on to recommend (through a comparison of field- and laboratory-based techniques) the optimal methods for testing all aspects of physical performance, including:

  • injury risk
  • jump performance
  • sprint performance
  • change of direction and agility

  • strength
  • power
  • aerobic performance
  • body composition

Closing with a section on interpreting, presenting and applying results to practice, and illustrated with real-life case study data throughout, Performance Assessment in Strength and Conditioning offers the most useful guide to monitoring athlete performance available. It is an essential text for upper-level strength and conditioning students and practitioners alike.

chapter |2 pages


The role of assessing and monitoring performance
ByMike McGuigan

part I|2 pages

Testing considerations

chapter 1|8 pages

Ethical and health and safety issues

BySteve Atkins

chapter 2|10 pages

Psychological issues during assessment of performance

ByJon Radcliffe

chapter 3|11 pages

Reliability, validity and measurement error

ByPeter M Mundy, Neil D. Clarke

chapter 4|8 pages

Standardisation of testing

ByJohn J. McMahon, Paul A. Jones, Paul Comfort

chapter 5|9 pages

Structured testing vs. continual monitoring

ByPaul Comfort, Paul A. Jones, W. Guy Hornsby

part II|2 pages

Assessment methods

chapter 6|43 pages

Assessment of factors associated with injury risk

ByLee C. Herrington, Allan G. Munro, Paul A. Jones

chapter 7|21 pages

Vertical jump testing

ByJohn J. McMahon, Jason P. Lake, Timothy J. Suchomel

chapter 8|23 pages

Sprint testing

ByRobert Lockie

chapter 9|26 pages

Change of direction and agility

ByPaul A. Jones, Sophia Nimphius

chapter 10|27 pages

Strength – isometric and dynamic testing

ByG. Gregory Haff

chapter 11|19 pages

Assessment of power

ByJason P. Lake, Peter Mundy

chapter 12|28 pages

Aerobic performance assessment

ByFred J. DiMenna, Andrew M. Jones

chapter 13|35 pages

Body composition assessment

ByCarl Langan-Evans, James P. Morton, Graeme L. Close

chapter 14|16 pages

Combined assessment methods

ByTimothy J. Suchomel, John J. McMahon, Jason P. Lake

part III|2 pages

Interpretation and application

chapter 15|20 pages

Interpretation of results

ByJeremy A. Gentles, W. Guy Hornsby, Michael H. Stone

chapter 16|19 pages

Presentation and communication of results

ByJohn J. McMahon, Peter Mundy

chapter 17|22 pages

Application to training

ByW. Guy Hornsby, Jeremy A. Gentles, Michael H. Stone