Anaerobic Power Assessment in Athletes: Are Cycling and Vertical Jump Tests Interchangeable?

Gross, Micah; Lüthy, Fabian (2020). Anaerobic Power Assessment in Athletes: Are Cycling and Vertical Jump Tests Interchangeable? Sports, 8(5), pp. 1-14. MDPI 10.3390/sports8050060

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Regularly assessing anaerobic power is important for athletes from sports with an explosive strength component. Understanding the differences and overlap between different assessment methods might help coaches or smaller-scale testing facilities maximize financial and temporal resources. Therefore, this study investigated the degree to which cycling sprint and vertical jump tests are interchangeable for determining peak mechanical leg power output in strength-trained athletes. Professional skiers (n = 19) performed unloaded squat jumps (SJ) and other jump forms on a force plate and a six-second cycling sprint (6sCS) test on an ergometer on six occasions over two years. Along with cross-sectional correlations between cycling and jumping power, correlations between longitudinal percent changes and agreement between magnitude-based inferences about individual changes were assessed. Among the tested jump forms, SJ reflected 6sCS best. However, despite extremely large cross-sectional correlation coefficients (0.92) between 6sCS and SJ, and moderate (Pearson’s r = 0.32 for 6sCS with SJ over one-year time spans) to large (r = 0.68 over shorter time spans) correlation coefficients on percent changes, magnitude-based inferences agreed in only around 50% of cases. Thus, for making qualitative assessments about the development of anaerobic power over time in athletes, cycling sprint and squat jump tests are not interchangeable. Rather, we recommend employing the test form that best reflects athletes’ strength and conditioning training.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

Swiss Federal Institute of Sports Magglingen SFISM > EHSM - Leistungssport > Sportphysiologie Kraft

Name:

Gross, Micah and
Lüthy, Fabian

ISSN:

2075-4663

Publisher:

MDPI

Language:

English

Submitter:

Admin import user

Date Deposited:

16 Mar 2021 14:36

Last Modified:

23 Sep 2021 02:18

Publisher DOI:

10.3390/sports8050060

PubMed ID:

32397456

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Force plate Mechanical power Lower extremity Loaded squat jump Explosive strength Muscle power

ARBOR DOI:

10.24451/arbor.14410

URI:

https://arbor.bfh.ch/id/eprint/14410

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