Designed internally at Precision Athletica, our Junior Athletic Movement Assessment is a way to more objectively track movement pattern development, growth and maturation. This assessment screens an athlete’s growth trend and competency in key movements that are common across all sports.

Movements are broken down into key characteristics or “competencies” which are then screened to better identify the athletes current movement deficits, deficits that may be negatively impacting their current skill execution and performance.

By tracking these development metrics over time and comparing them against Precision Athletica athlete averages, we can better guide young sports people in the most effective training for their individual athletic needs.

Junior Athletic Development Screen

Volunteers Required

As part of an initial data gathering period, we are keen to increase the number of young sportspeople who have gone through the Junior Athletic Movement Assessment and as such we are looking for 50 volunteers to come into Precision Athletica in Sydney Olympic Park and undergo the assessment.

What You Need To Know

  • The assessment will be free of charge for all 50 volunteers
  • All assessments must be completed before December 31st, 2021
  • Volunteers must be between the ages of 8 and 16 at the time of testing and must be injury free

About The Junior Athletic Movement Assessment 

For the purposes of the volunteer data gathering sessions, we will be trying to move each person through as efficiently as possible.

Duration:

60 minutes.

On the day, our Exercise Physiologist will run through a battery of assessments detailed below. All testing will be recorded for analysis purposes. 

Part 1: Growth and Maturation

Differences in biological maturation is an important consideration in youth sport and development. As a result, we use the following predictors to track our athlete’s growth trend:

Predicted Maturity Offset: Period of time before or after peak height velocity

Peak Height Velocity: Period of time in which an adolescent experiences their fastest upward growth in their stature. This occurs as a result of increased hormonal changes which differs in timing from individual to individual

Part 2: Motor Skills

Used to assess general gross motor skills that all athletes should develop at a young age. Developing motor skills is important in young athletes as it leads to:

  • Improved coordination and balance
  • Improved neural learning pathways resulting in a greater capacity to learn more complex skills in the future
  • Increased confidence and participation in active living
Part 3: Gym Based Movements

A selection of movement patterns commonly found in our Strength and Conditioning programs. We screen these movements to support athletes in their training with our Strength and Conditioning team who aim to develop speed, strength and power. The ability to perform the gym based movement patterns allow the athlete to safely perform exercises of increasing load and intensity whilst minimising injury risk.

Justin Trang Exercise Physiologist

How To Volunteer Your Child

To book a free assessment for your child, please either call our centre directly or email Precision Athletica Exercise Physiologist and Project Coordinator; Justin Trang

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