Physical Abilities Test Development—Using Physiological Data to Get a Clearer Picture

by Ben Hinton, MSC, CSCS
TSAC Report June 2016

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Given their ability to discern physiological and technical aspects of a job task, TSAC-Fs may be able to collect some vital information that will assist with the underlying evidence to build the foundation of a physical abilities test.

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This article originally appeared in TSAC Report, the NSCA’s quarterly, online-only publication geared toward the training of tactical athletes, operators, and facilitators. It provides research-based articles, performance drills, and conditioning techniques for operational, tactical athletes. The TSAC Report is only available for NSCA Members. Read more articles from TSAC Report 

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Ben Hinton is a Health and Fitness Officer for the New South Wales (NSW) Police Force based in Sydney, Australia, and has been in this role for over s...

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