Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Is Your Athlete SPARQ Ready?

Did you know that one of the hottest trends for testing athletes is "testing for pure athletic ability." Hence the term SPARQ, which stands for SPEED, POWER, AGILITY, REACTION AND QUICKNESS. It is a rating of a person's athletic ability. For instance, Michael Vick had an incredible score of 103.89 on his SPARQ test. A very good score would be 100!


It is simply a scientific and comprehensive measure of athleticism. It is used by coaches and scouts to assess athletic ability for players in sports such as baseball, basketball, football and soccer. Any player can train to improve his or her athletic ability. Here is a breakdown of what is tested in a particular sport:

Baseball/Fastpitch Softball - vertical jump, 30 yard dash, rotational power ball throw and shuttle.

Basketball - one-step vertical jump, 20 meter dash, 30 second endurance jump, overhead power ball throw and agility cone drill.

Football - vertical jump, 40 yard dash, power ball throw and shuttle.

I can help you to start tailoring your training regimen to get ready for SPARQ. More and more camps, coaches and scouts are adopting this impressive measurement tool. It is best to be ready for it.

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Mark Dilworth, BA, PES
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1 comment:

  1. What are your thoughts about using the bench as a fitness test in football? Having a nice max bench is nice, but it doesn't seem functional to me, and I don't see how you can tell how good/skilled a football player is by looking at his bench press. Somethign involving pushing (similar to blocking) would make more sense, I'd think. Also, how is the SPARQ scored?


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