Strength and jump testing are the two most common uses of force plates.
Examples of strength tests include different bilateral strength testing options: isometric mid-thigh pull and isometric squat hold. In addition, unilateral strength testing options can be completed: single leg isometric mid-thigh pull and single-leg squat hold.
“Force plates enable you to test key strength metrics, such as an athlete’s peak force output, rate of force development, and limb asymmetry which are essential to determine when assessing strength,” mentioned Wylie.
The second most common testing options with force plates are jump-movement based.
Examples of jump tests include bilateral strength testing options: countermovement jump, squat jump, and drop jumps. Furthermore, unilateral strength testing options can include: single-leg countermovement jump, single-leg drop jump, and hop and return.
“With these tests, coaches can improve their understanding of jump height, peak force, and reactive strength index. Collectively these tests empower coaches’ decision-making, improve athlete performance, and help athletes prepare for the stresses of their competitive environments,” he said.