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Sports Performance Measurement and Analytics: The Science of Assessing Performance, Predicting Future Outcomes, Interpreting Statistical Models, and Evaluating the Market Value of Athletes by Lorena Martin

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2. Assessing Physical Variables

“The five Ss of sports training are: stamina, speed, strength, skill, and spirit; but the greatest of these is spirit.”

—KEN DOHERTY

As a sports performance analyst, you will serve your clients best if you are aware of the measurement methods for physical performance variables. This chapter focuses on physical variables: body composition, muscular strength, power and endurance, flexibility, balance, anaerobic power, aerobic power, reaction time, agility, and level of sport-specific skill.

Years ago physicality measures were associated with only five fundamentals of fitness: muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, cardiorespiratory fitness, and body composition. These measures were used to assess fitness ...

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