By Dr Jason Gillis.

An effective program of testing and monitoring can help fighters and coaches in mixed martial arts (MMA) accomplish a lot. It can help them judge the effectiveness of a training plan and evaluate the potential for overtraining or undertraining. Various physical and psychological tests can be used to assess any number of performance factors, or to identify a fighter’s strengths and weaknesses, or to classify their skill status and ability level.

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By Dr Jason Gillis

A good understanding of exercise science can help fighters and coaches in mixed martial arts (MMA) effectively use tests to optimize physical and psychological performance. With the right performance monitoring program, fighters and coaches can: better judge the effectiveness of a training plan; assess the body’s response to training; help evaluate the potential for overtraining or undertraining; identify strengths and weaknesses; create training objective, and classify skill status and ability level.

By Dr Jason Gillis

 Performance testing is a critical, but all too often overlooked aspect of training in mixed martial arts (MMA). An effective program of testing and monitoring can help fighters and coaches judge the effectiveness of a training plan and evaluate the potential for overtraining or undertraining. Various physical and psychological tests can be used to assess any number of performance factors, or to identify a fighter’s strengths and weaknesses, or to classify their skill status and ability level. But it is important to realise that performance tests do have limitations. For example, a test cannot precisely identify a fighters potential, predict their future performance, or guarantee their success in the cage.

Most would agree that the field of strength and conditioning (S&C) is perhaps more accessible to the layperson than physics, biology or chemistry. This is not to imply the field is any less scientific, but it probably means that the field of S&C must work harder than other disciplines to differentiate itself from pseudoscience. So, a role of science in the field of S&C, and on this website, is to separate the good from the bad. The case of the Power Balance Bracelet is an example of this.