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Offseason Fitness Tests a Collegiate Basketball Strength Coach Should Choose to Predict In-Season Perfomance Based on Sex

Published Online: 28 Nov 2021
Volume & Issue: Volume 20 (2021) - Issue 2 (December 2021)
Page range: 164 - 174
Journal Details
License
Format
Journal
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1684-4769
First Published
16 Apr 2016
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2 times per year
Languages
English
Abstract

Quantification of athletic performance via analysis of scores of off-season fitness tests has become an essential part of the modern strength and conditioning coach (SCC). Player Efficiency Rating (PER) and Efficiency index (EFF) are two of the most used in-season basketball performance metrics in the US. We collected data from male and female basketball players of a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) program. Based on sex, we examined a) if unadjusted PER (uPER) and EFF reflect different amounts of information and b) which fitness tests predict those two indices more accurately. Our results showed lower means and less variability of the fitness tests scores in women than men. The correlation between uPER and EFF in men was moderate and strong in women. In men, no strong correlation was found between any fitness test and EFF, while full court sprint was strongly correlated with uPER. In women, strong correlations were detected between a) the T-drill and EFF and b) the foul court sprint, the vertical jump, and the T-drill and uPER. The collegiate SCCs should consider that off-season scores of a) the foul court drill may predict uPER more accurately in both men and women and b) the T-drill may predict both EFF and uPER more precisely in women.

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