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Performance fitness


Fitness assessment in relation to personal performance

Gathering data within the activity

Whilst a performer is participating in an activity it is possible to gather information about their fitness level. Therefore the methods that are used have to be carried out as the activity takes place. It is important that these methods do not influence or distract the performer in order to make the data as accurate and reliable as possible.

Gathering data within the activity provides general information on a performers fitness level. It begins to highlight general strengths and weaknesses which can then be analysed in a more specific/focussed way, normally out with the activity through standardised tests.

MethodBrief descriptionAppropriate
VideoCoach videos whole performance or a period of performance
  • Slow motion, paused, replay
  • Accurate and detailed
  • Visual evidence
  • Compare to model performer
  • Permanent record
Observation scheduleRecording sheet (normally tally marks) that is created to gather information on the requirements of a particular activity. (See example)
  • Can be general or focused
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses
  • Permanent record
  • Easy to administrate, compare and repeat
  • Used alongside video analysis
Thoughts and feelingsPerformer notes down their own reflections of their performance
  • Simple to do
  • Identifies general weaknesses
  • Not factual (can be biased)
Heart rate monitorWearing a heart rate monitor throughout a performance, readings can then be plotted and analysed
  • Specific and accurate
  • Permanent record
  • Can be used to set training zones


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