Reliability of metrics associated with a counter-movement jump performed on a force plate

Wayne Lombard*, Sorrel Reid, Keagan Pearson, Michael Lambert

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The counter-movement jump is a consequence of maximal force, rate of force developed, and neuromuscular coordination. Thus, the counter-movement jump has been used to monitor various training adaptations. However, the smallest detectable difference of counter-movement jump metrics has yet to be established. The objective of the present study was to measure the reliability of counter-movement jump metrics, including rate of force development, flight time, time to max force, and max force. Twenty-nine male participants (mean age 25 ± 3 years) were divided into three groups. Each participant performed five counter-movement jumps on a force plate, on three consecutive days. Flight time detected trivial changes, (effect size <.2) and typical error of measurement of.25%; max force detected small changes (effect size <.5) with a typical error of measurement of.3%; rate of force development detected small to medium change (effect size.5–.8) with a typical error of measurement of.3%.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-243
Number of pages9
JournalMeasurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2017
Externally publishedYes

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