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Post by Canuck Singh on Tue Mar 23, 2010 4:18 am

Pro-football is obviously a big money business, so a quick, efficient method of talent identification is crucial. Researchers at California State have finished a study that reveals that the vertical jump test may be the best indicator to determine football playing ability in Division IA football players.

The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between football playing ability and selected performance measures. Forty football players participated in this study. The selected performance measures were vertical jump, 10- and 20-yard dash, shuttle run, bench press, squat, power clean, and snatch. The players were grouped together based upon position. After statistical analyses were done the results revealed the vertical jump was the only variable that was significantly correlated with football-playing ability in all groups.

While a stack of important info was gleaned from these assessments, there was a very interesting bottom line to the results. The powerful muscles that create explosive plantar flexion of the ankle, and knee and hip extension (as in jumping and sprinting) may be the most important characteristics that determine football playing ability.

Ref: The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research: 16(4), 611 – 616, 2002
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