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NSCA's Guide to Tests and Assessments

NSCA's Guide to Tests and Assessments

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    NSCA's Guide to Tests and Assessments offers strength and conditioning professionals a one-stop resource for the best research-supported fitness and performance measures available. Created by top experts in the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), this comprehensive text offers extensive information on which factors matter and how to evaluate them as accurately and easily as possible. Editor Todd Miller and an authoritative team of contributors have compiled an exceptional reference and valuable tool for practicing professionals and an indispensable educational resource for students.

    NSCA's Guide to Tests and Assessments presents the latest research from respected scientists and practitioners in exercise testing and assessment. The text begins with an introduction to testing, data analysis, and formulating conclusions. It then features a by-chapter presentation of tests and assessments for body composition, heart rate and blood pressure, metabolic rate, aerobic power, lactate threshold, muscular strength, muscular endurance, power, speed and agility, mobility, and balance and stability. Using descriptions of multiple test options for each key fitness component, readers will learn to choose from a range of alternatives to meet the needs of their athletes, reach training objectives, choose from available equipment, and work within budgets.

    Each chapter provides a summary detailing the key testing and assessment information for each fitness component, the equipment needed for performing the tests, step-by-step instructions, normative data for the tests, and multiple test options per conditioning component. Insights into the applications of testing for certain fitness components are also presented:

    • The value of body composition assessments in determining health and fitness levels for competitive athletes as well as individuals across the life span

    • How an understanding of 24-hour energy expenditure can be useful in structuring a complete diet and exercise plan for weight loss, gain, or maintenance

    • How to select a maximal or submaximal aerobic power test that is specific to the demands of a client’s or athlete’s sport

    • Discussion of the mechanical and physiological factors shown to influence the expression of muscular strength

    • An examination of the relevant factors influencing power production and explosive movement capacity

    • Differences between mobility and flexibility and a discussion of the acute versus chronic effects of static stretching

    • Theories and concepts of balance and stability, their effects on performance, and categories of testing for balance and stability

    NSCA's Guide to Tests and Assessments also includes NSCA-approved testing protocols, extensive references to current research, and applications for the testing of conditioning components. Information is presented in an accessible manner to help explain the findings of both researchers and practitioners so that readers can select the most effective and efficient approach for athlete and client assessments.

    Properly conducted tests and skillful assessment of data enable fitness professionals to develop individualized training programs based on their clients’ or athletes’ physiological and functional capacities. Credible,, current, and complete, NSCA's Guide to Tests and Assessments provides a clear understanding of the test selection process, how to implement appropriate data collection, and how to analyze data to make appropriate training decisions that will help athletes and clients achieve their performance goals.

    NSCA’s Guide to Tests and Assessments is part of the Science of Strength and Conditioning series. Developed with the expertise of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), this series of texts provides the guidelines for converting scientific research into practical application. The series covers topics such as tests and assessments, program design, and nutrition.

    Earn continuing education credits/units! A continuing education course and exam that uses this book is also available. It may be purchased separately or as part of a package that includes all the course materials and exam.


    A reference for strength and conditioning professionals, athletic trainers, and personal trainers. Also a text and reference for students taking courses in strength and conditioning or allied fields.

    Chapter 1: Tests, Data Analysis, and Conclusions

    Matt Rhea, PhD, and Mark Peterson, PhD

    Screening Tests

    Data Evaluation and Statistical Analysis

    Normalizing of Fitness Data

    Tracking Data Over Time


    Chapter 2: Body Composition

    Nick Ratamess, PhD

    Sport Performance and Body Composition

    Body Composition Measurement

    Measuring Height, Body Weight, and Body Mass Index

    Body Fat Standards

    Comparison of Body Composition Techniques


    Chapter 3: Heart Rate and Blood Pressure

    Dan Drury, DPE

    Heart Rate Control

    Exercise Intensity and Heart Rate

    Sport Performance and Heart Rate

    Heart Rate Measurement

    Blood Pressure


    Chapter 4: Metabolic Rate

    Wayne Miller, PhD, EMT

    Components of Energy Expenditure

    Sport Performance and Metabolic Rate

    Measurement of Energy Expenditure

    Prediction of Energy Expenditure

    Estimation of 24-hour and Physical Activity Energy Expenditure

    Relevance and Applications for Metabolic Testing


    Chapter 5: Aerobic Power

    Jonathan Anning, PhD

    Regression Equation Variables

    Maximal Exercise Testing Methods

    Submaximal Exercise Testing Methods

    Regression Equation Calculations


    Chapter 6: Lactate Threshold

    Dave Morris, PhD

    Energy Pathways and Lactate Metabolism

    Sport Performance and Lactate Threshold

    Performing a Lactate Threshold Test

    Maximal Lactate Steady State

    Using Lactate Threshold Data


    Chapter 7: Muscular Strength

    Gavin Moir, PhD

    Definition of Muscular Strength

    Factors Affecting Muscular Force Production

    Sports Performance and Muscular Strength

    Methods of Measurement

    Field Tests for Muscular Strength

    Predicting 1RM Values from Multiple Repetitions

    Laboratory Tests for Maximal Muscular Strength

    Isokinetic Strength Testing


    Chapter 8: Muscular Endurance

    Gavin Moir, PhD

    Definition of Muscular Endurance

    Field Tests for Muscular Endurance

    Laboratory Tests for Muscular Endurance


    Chapter 9: Power

    Mark D. Peterson, PhD

    Operationalizing Power

    Mechanisms of Power Production and Expression

    Types and Factors of Power

    Sport Performance and Power

    Tests for Power

    Lower Body Tests

    Upper Body Tests

    Warm-Up and Postactivation Potentiation (PAP): A Special Consideration for Testing Power


    Chapter 10: Speed and Agility

    N. Travis Triplett, PhD



    Sport Performance and Speed and Agility

    Test Selection

    Methods of Measurement


    Chapter 11: Mobility

    Sean P. Flanagan, PhD

    Fundamental Concepts of Mobility

    Sport Performance and Mobility

    Mobility Testing

    Range of Motion Tests

    Interpretation of Results

    Comparing Mobility Measurement Methods


    Chapter 12: Balance and Stability

    Sean P. Flanagan, PhD

    Body Mechanics

    Control Theory

    Balance and Stability Tests

    Sport Performance and Balance and Stability

    Measuring Balance and Stability

    Interpreting the Results

    Founded in 1978, the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is an international nonprofit educational association with members in more than 56 countries. Drawing on its vast network of members, the NSCA develops and presents the most advanced information regarding strength training and conditioning practices, injury prevention, and research findings.

    Unlike any other organization, the NSCA brings together a diverse group of professionals from the sport science, athletic, allied health, and fitness industries. By working to find practical applications for new research findings in the strength and conditioning field, the association fosters the development of strength training and conditioning as a discipline and as a profession.

    Todd A. Miller, PhD, is an associate professor of exercise science at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services in Washington DC, where he is responsible for the development and oversight of the master's degree concentration in strength and conditioning. He has degrees in exercise physiology from Penn State and Texas A&M and currently studies the role of interactive video gaming as a means of increasing physical activity in children.

    “This book takes an aggressive, holistic approach to the longstanding profession of strength and conditioning. The authors make a first-rate effort to move the profession of strength and conditioning forward into a new realm of expertise as professionals in the business of getting athletes to perform beyond their own expectations.”

    -- Doody’s Book Review