The intraday reliability of the Reactive Strength Index calculated from a drop jump in professional men's basketball

Int J Sports Physiol Perform. 2015 May;10(4):482-8. doi: 10.1123/ijspp.2014-0265. Epub 2014 Nov 13.


Purpose: To evaluate the reliability of the Reactive Strength Index (RSI) and jump-height (JH) performance from multiple drop heights in an elite population.

Methods: Thirteen professional basketball players (mean±SD age 25.8±3.5 y, height 1.96±0.07 m, mass 94.8±8.2 kg) completed 3 maximal drop-jump attempts onto a jump mat at 4 randomly assigned box heights and 3 countermovement-jump trials.

Results: No statistical difference was observed between 3 trials for both the RSI and JH variable at all the tested drop heights. The RSI for drop-jump heights from 20 cm resulted in a coefficient of variation (CV)=3.1% and an intraclass correlation (ICC α)=.96, 40 cm resulted in a CV=3.0% and an ICC α=.95, and 50 cm resulted in a CV=2.1% and an ICC α=.99. The JH variable at the 40-cm drop-jump height resulted in the highest reliability CV=2.8% and an ICC α=.98.

Conclusion: When assessing the RSI the 20-, 40-, and 50-cm drop heights are recommended with this population. When assessing large groups it appears that only 1 trial is required when assessing the RSI variable from the 20, 40-, and 50-cm drop heights.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Athletes*
  • Athletic Performance / physiology*
  • Basketball / physiology*
  • Exercise Test
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Movement / physiology*
  • Muscle Strength / physiology*