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Functional Testing in Human Performance

Textbook, DVD, Exam


Functional Testing in Human Performance offers professionals the first-ever compilation of information on clinical and data-based functional testing for sport, exercise, and occupational settings. This unique program serves as a primary resource for accurate assessment of individuals’ functional abilities in order to develop program prescriptions to enhance their performance.

The Functional Testing in Human Performance course defines the role of function in physical performance and how it can be appropriately tested. Especially helpful for personal trainers, the program explains testing criteria, testing terms relevant to research, and selecting the most appropriate test and testing sequence. Common testing mistakes are also presented as well as pitfalls to avoid when assessing. The course also includes case studies that illustrate a variety of situations—including testing for a client recovering from a lower-extremity injury, discussing preseason testing for a large group of athletes, and presenting the study of a client in an occupational setting. These cases include detailed statistical analysis and normative data, offering trainers the opportunity to consider the application of functional testing and implementation strategies adaptable to their specific practice setting.

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After laying a foundation, the course progresses through detailed testing procedures for discrete physical parameters and specific regions of the body. Tests are organized from least to most complex, and each test is presented in a step-by-step manner outlining the purpose of the test, equipment needed, testing procedure and recommendations for performing the test, interpretation of results, and the data to suggest normative values, reliability, and validity for each test. This formatting facilitates quick reference to testing information for on-the-spot use, whether in the clinic, athletic training room, gym, or job site.

Throughout the course, the functional tests are accompanied by photos for visual clarity. To enhance understanding, a companion DVD features live-action demonstrations of 40 of the most advanced tests. Icons on those test pages indicate they are modeled on the DVD. In addition, the DVD may be loaded onto a computer to offer convenient print-on-demand access to reproducible forms for recording data from selected tests.

Functional Testing in Human Performance offers a unique and comprehensive reference for assessment of physical activities in sport, recreation, work, and daily living. By presenting the theory and detailing the practice, this course assists trainers in understanding and incorporating functional testing to identify their clients’ limitations and enhance their performance, rehabilitation, and daily functioning.


Part I. Basics of Functional Testing

Chapter 1. Essential Concepts and Terms
Chapter 2. Test Administration
Chapter 3. Integration of Functional Testing Into Everyday Practice

Part II. Testing Procedures and Protocols for Discrete Physical Parameters

Chapter 4. Anthropometric Assessment
Chapter 5. Muscle Length Assessment
Chapter 6. Fundamental Movement Testing
Chapter 7. Balance Testing
Chapter 8. Aerobic Testing
Chapter 9. Strength and Power Testing
Chapter 10. Speed, Agility, and Quickness Testing

Part III. Testing Procedures and Protocols for Regional Physical Parameters

Chapter 11. Trunk Testing
Chapter 12. Upper Extremity Testing
Chapter 13. Lower Extremity Anaerobic Power Testing

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