I was interviewed for a relatively good S&C position a few years ago, the manager in question was asking about pre-season and testing etc… he wanted to be able to seperate the players who were in better nick, and wanted extensive testing done, to the point there would be limited time to actually train/coach, we discussed it a fair bit and part of the conversation went like this,
Me: if I use a specific set of tests on some players (let’s say all the midfielders) then I work on an individual prescriptive programme on account of them results, let’s say the 3rd or 4th choice player progresses more than the 1st or 2nd choice player.
Who will you pick come match day?
Manager: I’ll still pick the 1st or 2nd choice player
Me: fair enough but why would we bother with extensive testing to the point you suggest?
Manager: Because clubs X, Y and Z do it.
Me: okey dokey,