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Jump Testing with Force Plates Explained

This video delves into the methodology of various jump tests including the countermovement jump (CMJ), squat jump (SJ), and drop jump (DJ), discussing their importance in assessing an athlete's power and plyometric abilities. We discuss the mechanics behind each jump test, how they measure different physical capacities, and the role of technology, particularly force plates, in providing detailed insights into an athlete's performance. The video also discusses how these tests can help in tailoring training programs by evaluating the eccentric utilization ratio (EUR) and reactive strength index (RSI).


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This video is part of our sports science athlete testing series with VALD Performance, in which I discuss common athlete tests, best practice testing protocols, metrics and data analysis, key scientific research, and test strengths and limitations.


Thank you to today's sponsor VALD Performance. Find out more about their ForceDecks force plates on their website.


CHAPTERS

00:00 Introduction to Jump Testing in Sports and Exercise Science

01:11 The Countermovement Jump (CMJ)

05:18 Single Leg Countermovement Jumps (SLCMJ)

06:13 The Squat Jump (SJ)

07:17 VALD's ForceDecks Force Plate System

08:00 Understanding the Eccentric Utilization Ratio (EUR)

10:03 The Drop Jump (DJ): Assessing Plyometric Abilities

11:47 Introduction to Reactive Strength Index (RSI)(R (RSISI)


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