ForceDecks Tests: Abalakov Jump Protocol

The Abalakov Jump test is very similar to the Countermovement Jump (CMJ), except an arm-swing is used during the jump.  Some users prefer this to the CMJ, but the arm swing can also produce more "noise" during the test.  The Abalakov Jump is commonly used as a test for performance, neuromuscular fatigue and readiness, just to name a few.

Test description and protocols

Starting Position
  • Normal standing posture
  • Hands in "Zombie" position (outstretched in front of body)
  1. Zero platforms
  2. Ask Athlete to step onto platforms
  3. Weigh Athlete
  4. Click Start Recording
  5. Ask athlete to assume starting position (arms in Zombie position)
  6. Ensure Athlete is completely stable
  7. Perform 3 Abalakov jumps, swinging the arms down as the knees and hips flex, then extending the arms as the knees and hips extend
  8. Between each jump, reset feet and resume starting position (arms in Zombie position), then pause for 2-3 seconds before performing next jump.  Repeat for desired number of jumps.
  9. Click Finish Recording
  10. Review that reps and test type have been detected correctly 
  11. Click Analyse and Save (to move directly to next athlete) or click Analyse (to review results)
Reps 1 - 100 reps
Default Instant Results
  • Eccentric Peak Velocity [m/s]
  • Jump Height (Flight Time) in Inches [in]
  • Eccentric Duration [ms]
  • Concentric Duration [ms]
  • Concentric Mean Force Asymmetry [% L,R]
  • Eccentric Mean Force Asymmetry [% L,R]
  • Takeoff Peak Force Asymmetry [% L,R]
  • Peak Landing Force Asymmetry [% L,R]

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