Scientific test methods

Modern football is defined as an extremely complex team sport with a variety of physical and psychological performance requirements. Technical requirements are increasing and ever changing for the players. If an exceptional player like Maradona had 78 ball contacts and played 38 passes in 1986, the ball contact quote was at 48,7% (according to Prof. Dr. Jürgen Bauschmann, 2011). A current leading player like Gündogan has already had 108 ball contacts and played 91 passes, a quote of 84,3 % (according to Sport 3.3.2016). Running paths across the field are getting longer, intensive duels and sprints are increasing – these technical requirements can only be met with professional training.

Due to this complexity it is neither possible nor reasonable to apply only one test method for performance evaluation and for training orientation. Proffac thus uses a series of scientifically proven and practical test methods, the so called proffac “test battery”. A player’s performance level can thus be presented objectively. The tested football expertise of the proffac coaches enable them to reliably asses results of the test battery, to then draw individual training focus points from these results. The goal is to achieve holistic performance improvement on different development stages of our players. To accomplish this goal, our coaching is supported by high-tech equipment.

proffac light barrier system

Our latest light barrier system captures sprinting abilities with very precise measurements: five light barriers set up on a 30-meter sprinting path measure specific sprinting sections.

Flexibility test

The muscle function test by JANDA is an established test method to diagnose muscle weaknesses and flexibility deficits.

Our modified version of this test examines flexibility of the torso, hip flexor, knee extensor and leg flexors, calf and shoulder muscles. We then receive instructive results according to which we adapt the players’ individual training.

Spiro stress test with lactate measurement

A sportsman’s endurance reveals his/her current performance condition and is a decisive success factor for his/her individual training supervision.

In this diagnostic method a player runs a given program on the treadmill with increasing speed until he/she reaches complete exhaustion. Meanwhile, respiratory gas is measured to make statements on the metabolism during various stress intensities. An additional lactate test delivers a lactate performance curve, which reveals information on the current performance condition.

Strength diagnostics

During a strength diagnostic the maximal strengths, or rather the maximal performance is measured. The results are part of designing the individual training program, as not only a statement on the current strength level is made, but also because muscle deficits can be identified, which we can specifically work on in training.

With the help of an individually adapted training program these imbalances can be reduced. This is very important, as injury risk can also be cut down. Additionally, one’s personal strength development can be measured with continuous tests.

Jump diagnostics

Jumping abilities of a player are measured during various jumping techniques by evaluating jump height and also floor contact. This ability is directly connected to sprinting speed. Short floor contact time with very high jump performance signifies pronounced sprinting abilities and can be presented very easily in this way. Training can subsequently be adapted to optimize both floor contact time and jumping height, to then improve the necessary sprinting ability.

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