Chapter 4. Clinical Exercise Testing and Assessment of Athletes

  1. Professor Martin P. Schwellnus MBBCh, MSc, MD
  1. Robert U. Newton PhD1,
  2. Paul B. Laursen PhD1 and
  3. Warren Young PhD2

Published Online: 29 JAN 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444300635.ch4

Olympic Textbook of Medicine in Sport

Olympic Textbook of Medicine in Sport

How to Cite

Newton, R. U., Laursen, P. B. and Young, W. (2008) Clinical Exercise Testing and Assessment of Athletes, in Olympic Textbook of Medicine in Sport (ed M. P. Schwellnus), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444300635.ch4

Editor Information

  1. UCT/MRC Research Unit for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, Department of Human Biology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Author Information

  1. 1

    School of Exercise, Biomedical and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Western Australia, Australia

  2. 2

    School of Human Movement and Sport Sciences, University of Ballarat, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 29 JAN 2009
  2. Published Print: 10 OCT 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405156370

Online ISBN: 9781444300635



  • optimizing training program design and window of adaptation;
  • general principles of testing athletes;
  • linear displacement transducer;
  • speed and agility — physical qualities required for successful performance;
  • ventilatory threshold — first and second ventilatory threshold (VT1)/(VT2);
  • body composition;
  • presenting results


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Optimizing training program design and the window of adaptation

  • General principles of testing athletes

  • Performance qualities

  • Performance diagnosis and prescription

  • Assessment of strength and power

  • Speed and agility

  • Testing for endurance activities

  • Body composition

  • Presenting the results

  • The future

  • References