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How can I test my strength in the weight room without risking injury?

Every performance test has an element of risk, however these risks can be minimized by using strict testing protocols emphasizing proper technique and supervision. However, maximum strength tests can potentially be harmful even when all testing protocols have been followed. Because of this, coaches are recommended to keep maximal loads off, and rather assess strength using a 3-5 repetition protocol to estimate an athlete's 1 repetition maximum (1RM). Normative data has been developed to estimate an athlete's 1RM based on 3RM, 4RM or 5RM tests. If the athletes were lifting/testing for power lifting or Olympic lifting than this would not be acceptable practice. However, for football this is feasible and actually considered wise practice.

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