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How to Use Submaximal Fitness Tests in Sports Science

Submaximal fitness tests involve a standardised, non-exhaustive exercise that enable a fitness assessment. They have become popular in team sports as a non-fatiguing fitness test that are time efficient and relatively easy to integrate into a training session, thereby reducing the testing burden on athletes. However, there are now over 100 different published protocols.


In this brief video, I discuss the findings of two papers led by Tzlil Shushan. Shushan and colleagues have summarised the different protocols used in team sports, uncovering the diverse approaches to analysing outcome measures, from locomotive exercise performance to cardiovascular indices. They present a recommended protocol for submaximal fitness tests for team sports, along with practical applications for integrating these tests seamlessly into training sessions.




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