Field testing protocols for talent identification and development in basketball—A systematic review

Anna Gál-Pottyondy, Bálint Petró, András Czétényi, János Négyesi, Ryoichi Nagatomi, Rita M. Kiss

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Basketball is one of the most popular team sports in the world. A wide variety of athletic skills can be valuable indicators of a talented player. Testing these skills help trainers and scouts to make the best decisions during both youth and adult player selection of different competitive levels and field positions. However, scientific data regarding the association between field tests results and match statistics is sparse. We conducted a systematic review to logically summarize the physical field tests of athletic abilities and anthropometric measures used in basketball in different player positions at different levels, and to determine whether test results may correlate with match statistics. A comprehensive electronic literature search was performed via three electronic databases (PubMed, GoogleScholar, SportDiscus). The CASP checklist was used for checking the quality of reporting for all included articles. Based on 39 studies, it could be supported that the agility, speed and jumping test values seem to be crucial measures for basketball players. Anthropometry appeared to be the strongest discriminative factor between basketball positions, therefore, these values need to be significantly considered during selection. Moreover, the maturity status is also an important influencing factor for U-18 teams. In general, we found that successful players can be identified by their nonplanned agility and reactive power, considering that these factors affect match outcomes the most at the same competitive level.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4340
JournalApplied Sciences (Switzerland)
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2021 May 2


  • Basketball
  • Match performance
  • Physical testing
  • Playing level
  • Playing position


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