If you don't measure it, you cannot improve it. Our Performance Testing & Injury Screening Assessment uses world-leading sports technology to identify strengths, weaknesses and areas to focus on in maximising performance and reducing injury risk.
PERFORMANCE TESTING & INJURY SCREENING
WHAT IS IT?
We use numerous tests, movements and sports technology equipment, to create an athletic profile for each individual. We gather a large volume data to evaluate their range of motion, power, strength, balance and compare left versus right. Your physiotherapist will then send you an in-depth report outlining all of their findings and will call to discuss the next best step to help you with your goals. All athletes that sign up to a Game Time Performance program go through this testing process to shape their individualised program and acts as a baseline fror future testing.
WHAT IS INVOLVED?
Our testing procedure covers 5 main categories to get a comprehensive data set for each individual/athlete. These categories are
1. History and Goal Setting
2. Movement Quality and Range
4. Velocity and Power
HISTORY AND GOAL SETTING
Prior to your assessment, we will send out a pre-assessment questionnaire. This will provide us with valuable information about your injury and medical history, your experience in the gym and your goals. Your physiotherapist/ strength and conditioning coach will then dive deeper with more questioning to understand your history and aspirations far better. Information from this section often shapes parts of your program, especially from an injury prevention and recovery standpoint.
The next step is to gain an understanding of the way you are moving. We conduct numerous tests to evaluate range of motion at the ankle, knee, hip, back and shoulders, on both sides of your body. We also get individuals to perform several more complex movements to understand how their bodies are achieving movement and identify any sub-optimal strategies.
Throughout our Performance Testing, we will test the strength of numerous muscle groups, using VALD sports technology. This equipment allows us to record specific, baseline strength values for the shoulder, hip, hamstrings and lower limb, and enables us to compare side to side differences. We do not test 1 rep maxes in our Performance Testing as it is often not the focus of this testing procedure and will be calculated once an individual starts their program.
VELOCITY AND POWER
Another crucial component on our Performance Testing is our velocity and power testing. We get individuals performing a series of jumping movements on our VALD ForceDecks, to establish how they are absorbing and producing forces during plyometric movements. Using these results along with our strength data, we can identify whether an individual is reliant on their strength and needs more plyometric work, or they may be very elastic and bouncy, and should prioritise strength work.
Our final tests involve establishing capacity or endurance of major muscle groups. Movements such as push ups, calf raises, single leg bridges and single leg squats, provide baseline capacity numbers and allow for comparison between sides.
REPORT AND FOLLOW UP
After your Performance Testing, your therapist will send through a report summary of their findings. Your therapist will then call to discuss this report, outlining recorded deficits/ areas to work on and propose what methods should be implemented to maximise performance, recovery and injury prevention.