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A recent study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research set out to determine if the Repeated Modified Agility Test (RMAT) was a reliable and valid measure of anaerobic and explosive power using the Wingate Anaerobic Test (WAT) and jump tests (squat jump, countermovement jump, drop jump, and five jump test). The RMAT is a modified version of the Modified Agility T-Test (MAT).
The RMAT involves four changes of direction using forward, lateral, and backward movements but is also associated with repeated trials. The RMAT involves 10 maximal sprints of 20 m separated by a 25-s recovery period. The RMAT was developed in an attempt to reflect the appropriate needs of the majority of sport activities which is why the RMAT includes intermittent repetitions.The findings of this study revealed that the RMAT is a reliable and valid test for assessing anaerobic power and explosiveness in multi-sprint sport athletes.
There was a strong correlation observed between drop jump height and RMAT performance, meaning explosive muscular strength is a key element in RMAT performance. The use of RMAT to evaluate anaerobic and explosive power seems to be a great way for practitioners to utilize a specific movement pattern of many intermittent sports. The RMAT also seems to replicate the needs of coaches when it comes to relevant information about anaerobic power of players in the real context of intermittent sports.
In turn, the RMAT can be incorporated in field-specific training protocols for team-sport athletes to improve repeated sprint ability while combing an agility component. This agility component is specific to many different intermittent team sports. The RMAT also allows for a development of anaerobic and explosive power.Read the full article!
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