Progress tests in Nordic combined training systems



Associate Professor, PhD V.V. Zebzeev1
Associate Professor, PhD O.S. Zdanovich1
V.V. Zebzeev1
1Tchaikovsky State Institute of Physical Culture, Perm Territory, Tchaikovsky

Objective of the study was to systematize the modern knowledgebase on the progress tests in the Nordic combined training systems based on a theoretical analysis and overview the existing progress test tools and methods. It was found that a competitive performance in Nordic combined largely depends on the individual anthropometrics, physical and technical fitness and functionality rates. High priority in the modern Nordic combined training systems in the long run is given to the progress tests to rate the athlete’s fitness components in every training stage, with a growing role played by the modern computerized technologies. The individual test databases in the Nordic combined training systems help greatly improve the quality of the theoretical and practical service by the performance control and modeling tools, with comprehensive analyses of the individual performance and fitness rates generated by technical, physical, functional and overall competitive fitness rating tests. The tests and analyses may be applied to produce the generalized/ individual performance models and highlight deviations from the ideal progress paths; benchmark every fitness component to find drawbacks and prioritize some training aspects in every stage; and adjust the training process or design a new training system when necessary.

Keywords: progress tests, training system, Nordic combined.


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