Athlete Testing


PictureMinimum Wrestling Weight:All Minnesota high school and college wrestlers are required to be tested (skinfolds) by a certified technician and physician in order to establish their minimal wrestling weights. Contact us if you would like help measuring the minimal wrestling weights of your wrestlers. We can also train and certify testers to take skinfolds on wrestlers.

PictureBody Composition: Body fat and non-fat mass can be estimated using skinfolds and/or underwater weighing. This assessment is most useful for tracking yearly changes in a college or Olympic athlete’s body composition. It also allows the coach and athlete to compare the athlete’s body fat with standard values. Except for wrestlers, we generally discourage body fat assessments of athletes younger than 18.

PictureDietary Assessment: For an athlete that wants to modify his/her diet or to confirm that his/her current diet is satisfactory, a complete nutritional analysis is performed. This is followed by a counseling session to review the results and answer questions.

PictureEndurance Capacity (VO2 max): Accomplished endurance athletes such as distance runners and Nordic skiers all have excellent endurance (“aerobic”) capacities. Endurance capacity is measured as the maximal amount of oxygen (VO2 max) removed from the air and burned by the working muscles during strenuous exercise. We routinely measure the VO2 max’s of Olympic endurance athletes. We rarely recommend it be measured on athletes in intermittent sports such as hockey, football or basketball.

PictureLactate Threshold: An endurance athlete typically can sustain a pace corresponding to only 80-95% of his or her VO2 max. Exceeding this sustainable pace will cause a rapid rise in blood lactate and premature fatigue. Lactate threshold is determined by taking finger-sticks during a test that gets progressively more difficult every few minutes. Because lactate threshold is fairly sensitive to training and a good predictor of endurance performance, we routinely monitor it in Olympic endurance athletes. Measuring lactate in non-endurance athletes is not recommended.

PicturePower Output: Athletes in explosive sports such as volleyball, hockey and football generally have exceptional power. We routinely measure peak muscle power with leg and/or upper body ergometers during brief (<2 min) explosive efforts.

PicturePulmonary Function: Athletes suspected of having air flow restrictions are evaluated with a computerized pulmonary function system. This test is highly sensitive to flow disorders and the results can be compared to well-established standards. Individuals exhibiting asthmatic symptoms are provided copies of test results which can be taken to their personal physician.

PictureTechnique Analysis: An athlete wanting to view his/her technique or have it analyzed quantitatively can be assessed with a digital video analysis system. We can also assist coaches who want to analyze game performances.