Athletic Profile Assessment

Sagittal PlanePlaying sports generally takes place in all three planes of motion (saggital, frontal and transverse). Proper training should reflect that to safely and effectively reduce the risk of injury. But first we need to know how the athlete moves in all 3 planes. Unfortunately, not every athlete’s mobility and movement patterns work in perfect harmony. Consequently, many young athletes get really good at moving incorrectly or are dominant in only one plane of movement. A thorough assessment to identify these faulty movement patterns is the first step in correcting them and helping to improve performance, adding years to the athlete’s career.

At RPP, everyone begins with what we call the Athletic Profile Assessment. It is an extremely thorough review of the athlete’s movement strategy, mobility, core and scapular stability, as well as upper and lower body strength and force production. The review and assessment helps us customize training programs by building an athlete’s profile from the ground up. Depending on the training age and physical maturity of the athlete we assess and record many different types of information covering a variety of topics.  Our review delineates between the younger and more physically mature players by testing for strength, speed, power and agility with the older athletes.  The following is an expanded summary of the attributes that we review:

Anthropometrics

This information helps us better understand the “type” of athlete we are dealing with from a mobility and strength standpoint and includes height, weight, limb length, stride length among other measurements and attributes.

Anthropometrics
Mobility / Stability Assessment

Addressing and correcting faulty movement strategies through the entire kinetic chain helps put the athlete in better position to succeed.

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Some key focal points are:

  • Standing posture (resting)
  • Complete Shoulder and scapular assessment (including testing for impingement)
  • Hip total motion (ER/IR)
  • T-Spine rotation/extension
  • Lumbo-Pelvic integrity
  • Hip mobility/stability
  • Ankle mobility (dorsiflexion)
  • Functional movement screen (FMS)

Strength and Power Testing

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  • Deadlift – Posterior strength
  • DB Bench Press – Upper body strength
  • Pull Ups – Upper body strength

Power/ Force Production Testing

  • Broad-JumpLateral Power – Amount of force the athlete produces
  • Vertical / Triple jump – Elastic energy/Reaction time

 

 

 

Speed and Agility Testing

  • 5-10-5-shuttle5-10-5 Shuttle – Agility, lateral movement and the ability to decelerate properly
  • 10-yard Dash – First step quickness

 

 

 

A thorough assessment gives us a great benchmark from an overall physical standpoint and provides a baseline that can tell us many things about an athlete’s injury history, training experience and “strategy”. In other words how they get from point A to point B. By observing an athlete’s strategy during an assessment we devise an individualized program to better address the athlete’s weak links in the kinetic chain. In addition, by assessing hip ER and IR we can take the necessary corrective steps to help increase “Total Motion”. Deficits in total motion from side to side have shown to be a huge predictor of injury further down the line.

In all, the information gathered from the assessment acts as a “physical road map” to help correct the imbalances, allowing the athlete to be more successful on the field. No athlete can achieve their max potential without first recognizing what needs to be addressed. At the conclusion of the assessment we provide each athlete with a summary of what is “Acceptable” and what is “A Caution” or in other words an “OPPORTUNITY” for improvement. Our Athletic Profile Testing is the first step towards a successful training program.

The reality is that every athlete is different in every way and should be trained that way. This is a big part of what we do here at RPP and it helps us set up our athletes for success.