Validity of a squash-specific test of change-of-direction speed

WILKINSON, M., LEEDALE-BROWN, D. and WINTER, E. (2009). Validity of a squash-specific test of change-of-direction speed. International journal of sports physiology and performance, 4 (2), 176-185.

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Purpose: We examined the validity and reproducibility of a squash-specific test designed to assess change-of-direction speed.<p></p> Methods: 10 male squash and 10 male association-football and rugby-union players completed the Illinois agility run (JAR) and a squash change-of-direction-speed test (SCODS) on separate days: Tests were repeated after 24 h to assess reproducibility. The best time from three attempts was recorded in each trial. <p></p>Results: Performance times on the IAR (TE 0.27 s, 1.8%, 90% CI 0.21 to 0.37 s; LOA 0.12 s +/- 0.74; LPR slope 1, intercept -2.8) and SCODS (TE 0.18 s. 1.5%, 90% CI 0.14 to 0.24 s; LOA 0.05 s +/- 0.49; LPR slope 0.95, intercept 0.5) were reproducible. There were no statistically significant differences in performance time between squash (14.75 +/- 0.66 s) and nonsquash players (14.79 +/- 0.41 s) on the IAR. Squash players (10.90 +/- 0.44 s) outperformed nonsquash players (12.20 +/- 0.34 s) on the SCODS (P < .01). Squash player rank significantly correlated with SCODS performance time (Spearrnan's rho = 0.77, P &lt; .01), but not IAR performance time (Spearman's rho = 0.43, P = .21). <p></p>Conclusions: The results suggest that the SCODS test is a better measure of sport-specific capability than an equivalent nonspecific field test and that it is a valid and reliable tool for talent identification and athlete tracking.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Sport and Exercise Science
Page Range: 176-185
Depositing User: Rachel Davison
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2010 13:59
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2021 00:46

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