Updated: Oct 13, 2020
Being fast, jumping high, changing direction rapidly are all very important physical abilities in high level sports.
But do they really predict success?
The majority of athletes involved in combines decide to train for several weeks to improve their 40 yard dash, vertical jump, broad jump and and pro agility test in order to have better chances to be selected in the upcoming draft.
This means that the aforementioned abilities are actually skills that can be trained, but maybe have little correlation with the ability to actually be successful in sports over the long haul.
J.Cook et al have investigated the relationship between the National Football League Scouting Combine and Game Performance Over a 5-Year Period.
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