Measuring Agility in Tennis, Badminton, and Squash: A Systematic Review

Marleen G.T. Jansen, Barbara C.H. Huijgen, Irene R. Faber, Marije T. Elferink-Gemser*

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Abstract

A systematic review in PubMed, Web of Science, SPORTDiscus, PsycINFO, and Google Scholar was conducted to provide a state-of-the-science overview of agility tests in the racquet sports tennis, badminton, and squash while evaluating their measurement properties. Twenty articles were included covering 28 agility tests. Results showed 10 sport-specific agility tests of which 5 were assessed on reliability and 6 on validity. Both the Badcamp and the badminton-specific speed ("agility") test were identified as suitable agility tests available for badminton. For tennis and squash, there were no sport-specific agility tests identified in the literature showing both reliable and valid results. Future research should focus on developing sport-specific agility tests for tennis and squash, including assessment of the reliability and validity of the tests.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-67
Number of pages15
JournalStrength and Conditioning Journal
Volume43
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1-Dec-2021

Keywords

  • agility testing
  • athletic performance
  • racket sports
  • reproducibility of results
  • sport-specific testing

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