Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Why You Should Test The Broad Jump

I recently read an article about the correlations that are made with the NFL combine tests. The article was called "Relationships between NFL Combine performance measures." Robbins 2011.

The one thing that stood out was that sprint performance had the highest correlation with the horizontal jump. This goes against many long held beliefs that the vertical jump held the greatest correlation to sprint performance.

10,20,40 yard dashes are the sprints that are tested. Essentially, these are all acceleration activities. It makes sense when training for speed to keep measuring the broad jump to make sure gradual improvements are being made. It's much easier then testing the 40 yard dash every week.

-train out pain and train in performance!

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