Normative Reference Values for High School-Aged American Football Players: Proagility Drill and 40-Yard Dash Split Times

Brianna D. McKay, Amelia A. Miramonti, Zachary M. Gillen, Todd J. Leutzinger, Alegra I. Mendez, Nathaniel D.M. Jenkins, Joel T. Cramer

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McKay, BD, Miramonti, AA, Gillen, ZM, Leutzinger, TJ, Mendez, AI, Jenkins, NDM, and Cramer, JT. Normative reference values for high school-aged American football players: Proagility drill and 40-yard dash split times. J Strength Cond Res 34(4): 1184-1187, 2020-The purpose of this short report was to provide test- and position-specific normative reference values for the 10- and 20-yd split times (10YD and 20YD) during the 40-yd dash (40YD) as well as 10-yd split times during the proagility drill (PA) based on a large, nationally representative sample of high school-aged American football players in their freshman, sophomore, and junior classes. Cross-sectional performance data were obtained from 12 different high school American football recruiting combines between March 7, 2015, and January 9, 2016, across the United States. The sample included (n = 7,478) high school-aged American football athletes in their freshman (n = 1,185), sophomore (n = 2,514), and junior (n = 3,779) classes. Each player self-classified their American football positions as defensive back, defensive end, defensive linemen, linebacker, offensive linemen (OL), quarterback (QB), running back, tight end, or wide receiver. The results of the freshman, sophomore, and junior class were aggregated to generate test- and position-specific normative values. Mean differences were found among classes for all positions and all measurements (p ≤ 0.05) except for OL and QB PA split time (p > 0.05). Greater percent differences for all 3 variables were observed between freshman and sophomore years than between sophomore and junior years. These normative reference values will be useful for athletes, parents, coaches, and high school strength and conditioning professionals to set realistic goals for young American football athletes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1184-1187
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of strength and conditioning research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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