There are a number of reasons why we chose the vertical jump to measure an individual’s movement pattern. First and foremost, because of gravity, how an individual interacts with the ground, can largely explain and quantify how that individual moves (strengths and deficiencies). The vertical jump (and the variables we collect) do not require a large amount of skill. Someone who jumps high does not necessarily have a better movement signature than someone who does not jump high. Because the test is simple, we’re able to standardize this assessment and there is high reliability in the variables being measured. The vertical jump is simple, quick, and non-invasive so the assessment can be done frequently and consistently (logistics and practicality are KING).