Athlete Talent Identification Assessments
The MVP speed test assesses an athlete’s linear (straight line) speed. Times are recorded at 10m, 20m, 30m and 40-yard intervals, providing a comprehensive profile of an athlete’s ability to accelerate from a standing start and hit near maximal speed. Our electronic timing systems provide precise recordings each and every time
In recent years the isometric mid-thigh pull has become a globally renowned test for evaluating any aged athlete's maximal force generating capacity due to its reliability, safety and simplicity. The exercise is isometric in nature, meaning that there is no change in muscle length during the exercise, thus it is significantly less physically demanding compared to dynamic strength testing. Forces are transmitted through the athlete’s feet and into the force plates, which provides us with a clear insight into an athlete’s current and potential strength characteristics via a range of variables. This test has been found to correlate strongly with multiple performance variables such as vertical jump, sprint, strength and change of direction performance in sports such as football, rugby, netball, cycling, track and ﬁeld, and weightlifting.
The pro-agility test, also known as the 5-10-5 shuttle, assesses an athlete’s capacity to change direction in a pre-planned manner. Rapid direction changes are a decisive component of many sports, such as tennis, netball and American Football, which can result in a crucial break, save or score.
The Yo-Yo intermittent recovery test level 1 (YYIR1) assesses an athlete's capacity to repeatedly perform high intensity running, which involves both a significant aerobic and anaerobic contribution. Due to the repetitive high intensity nature of the test, it closely mimics the fitness requirements of most field sports, such as football, rugby and hockey. The test has a high level of reproducibility and sensitivity, meaning that even minor changes in an individual's performance can be detected. The YYIR1 has also been shown to be a valid and reliable predictor of aerobic capacity and VO² max.
The vertical jump has become a staple exercise of the talent identification procedure due to its high accuracy and reliability to determine an athlete’s ability to produce power, particularly when performed on dual force plates. Strong links have been found to exist between an athlete’s vertical jump height and their sprinting ability and maximal strength. Furthermore, the vertical jump is a very natural movement, which makes it a valid assessment of sedentary people through to elite athletes.
The MVP testing battery includes an extensive anthropometric component in order to understand an athletes current and potential physical stature and health. From height and limb measurements, athlete biological age, predicted onset of peak height velocity and entry of adolescence is calculated. This criteria is essential to be able to compare all individuals equally and fairly, so that those who are biologically advanced (therefore expected to perform to a higher standard) can be fairly compared to those who aren’t. To put this simply, MVP understands that all individuals develop physically at different rates, and as such, we account for these differences so that no potential talent slips through the radar.
From the bounce of the ball to an attack of an opponent, most sports require quick reactions to stay ahead of the competition. Our reaction time test assesses the athlete’s ability to detect, process and respond to a light-based stimulus, whilst also challenging their peripheral vision. This is a fun and engaging exercise which will challenge even the quickest of thinkers.
These are the assessments that are carried out at schools and sports clubs to help to identify talented athletes and develop young people to be the best they can be. If you are looking for more information on our work with company health and wellness which differs from the above please click here or contact us here.