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  • Writer's pictureJo Clubb

Timing Gates for Speed Testing: The Ultimate Guide

In this video, we discuss how to use timing gates, and the SmartSpeed system from VALD Performance. Timing gates assess athlete speed via sprint testing, as well as their change of direction abilities with tests such as the 5-10-5 test (which we should NOT call the Pro Agility Test - watch the video to find out why!). We'll also discuss how we can go deeper into analysing timing gate data with sprint force velocity profiling.

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

Thank you to today's sponsor VALD Performance. Check out more information on their website:


00:00 Speed is critical in sport!

01:03 The SmartSpeed Timing Gate System

01:45 Sprint testing protocols

04:44 The NFL Combine 40 yard dash

09:22 Change of Direction testing

12:43 Sport-specific testing

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