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The evaluation of a player’s fitness within a team is an essential component of success, with a team being as ‘strong as its weakest link’. Scheduled fitness testing throughout a season enables players and coaches to monitor changes to sport specific components of fitness through physiological assessments.

 

The evaluation of test performance enables strengths and weaknesses to be highlighted to both coaches and players to prescribe team or player specific training. Seasonal monitoring enables players to perform at their optimum to support the demands of the skill and tactical requirements. Players and coaches receive player feedback through Individual Performance Portfolio’s which develop throughout a season with repeat test sessions.

 

Colchester rugby team taking part in repeat sprints for fitness testing


The HPU has worked with amateur through to professional teams for the last decade with scheduled test sessions taking place during pre, start, mid and end of season. The HPU can provide lab based assessments or field testing at the team’s training ground.

 

Team services include:

• Team sport science support
• Team sport science testing
• Sport science field testing
• Video analysis
• Sprint testing, agility testing

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Ipswich Town in training
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‘We have been working with the Human Performance Unit for the last ten years. Our players our routinely tested in the lab and also have their body fat levels measured throughout the season. The HPU team have an excellent understanding of the demands of professional football and the unique challenges it presents.'

Simon Thadani
Fitness coach,

Ipswich Town Football Club

 

‘The HPU has provided us with regular individual data for youth players aged 12-16. This allows us to track our players athletic development and highlight individual strengths and weaknesses. Over the last 2 years we have seen great improvements in our players athletic development due to the seasonal testing and support from the HPU. The players really enjoy getting the individual feedback and working towards improving and beating their previous results.'

Dmitri Halajko
Director of Centre of Excellence,

Colchester United Football Club

 

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