The validity and reliability of an iPhone app for measuring vertical jump performance

J Sports Sci. 2015;33(15):1574-9. doi: 10.1080/02640414.2014.996184. Epub 2015 Jan 2.


The purpose of this investigation was to analyse the concurrent validity and reliability of an iPhone app (called: My Jump) for measuring vertical jump performance. Twenty recreationally active healthy men (age: 22.1 ± 3.6 years) completed five maximal countermovement jumps, which were evaluated using a force platform (time in the air method) and a specially designed iPhone app. My jump was developed to calculate the jump height from flight time using the high-speed video recording facility on the iPhone 5 s. Jump heights of the 100 jumps measured, for both devices, were compared using the intraclass correlation coefficient, Pearson product moment correlation coefficient (r), Cronbach's alpha (α), coefficient of variation and Bland-Altman plots. There was almost perfect agreement between the force platform and My Jump for the countermovement jump height (intraclass correlation coefficient = 0.997, P < 0.001; Bland-Altman bias = 1.1 ± 0.5 cm, P < 0.001). In comparison with the force platform, My Jump showed good validity for the CMJ height (r = 0.995, P < 0.001). The results of the present study showed that CMJ height can be easily, accurately and reliably evaluated using a specially developed iPhone 5 s app.

Keywords: biomechanics; fitness; physical performance; strength.

Publication types

  • Validation Study

MeSH terms

  • Athletic Performance / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Lower Extremity / physiology*
  • Male
  • Mobile Applications*
  • Movement / physiology*
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Young Adult