Background: The purpose of this study was to design a factor model whose application would refine the diagnostics of actual and continuous states in ice hockey players. Material/Methods: The following batteries of tests were used: Test battery 1 serves as a monitoring tool for the Methods Department of Slovak Ice Hockey Federation. Test battery 2 was designed on the basis of previous empirical evidence. A comparative analysis of the batteries was aimed at the qualitative aspect of the criteria of the individual test items. Results: The results showed partial incompleteness of the battery and a need to complement the battery with test items that would be more indicative of skating performance. The saturation of five factors within test battery 2 demonstrated a hierarchy of individual parameters, which were actually indicative of skating performance. Conclusions: With a high degree of probability, one may conclude the incidence of a common base of running parameters (factor model 1), which despite a different character of loading shared an identical base. This contradiction represents a certain knowledge paradox indicating that the implementation of these items into the test battery does not sufficiently assess general fitness in ice hockey players making their number redundant.
Kokinda M, Kandrac R, Turek M. The Construction of the Factor Model for Fitness Assessment in Ice Hockey Players. Balt J Health Phys Act. 2012; 4 (1):21-26. doi: 10.2478/v10131-012-0003-2