CP-Football is a Paralympic sport that provides opportunities for individuals with neurological impairment with a motor control impairment of a cerebral nature causing a permanent and verifiable
activity limitation. In order to compete in CP-Football, an athlete must be affected by at least one of the following impairments: Hypertonia, Ataxia and/or Athetosis/Chorea. These impairment types
are associated with a range of conditions including, but not limited to, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, stroke, Friedreich's Ataxia, Spino-cerebellar Ataxia, Hereditary Spastic
Diplegia/Paraplegia, and Dystonia. The level of neurological impairment associated with these conditions must disadvantage athletes as far as competing in high performance elite able-bodied sport.
CP-Football athletes are expected to posses morphological and physiological characteristics applicable both for the sport, for the specific playing position and for the Functional Classification.
Taking in consideration the functional classification in CP-Football, athletes will present a variation on spasticity, balance and movement coordination, which will compromise their motor control
level in different ways but having a comum denominator, coordination. Since the new view of the classification is Classification Based on Evidences, the objective of this study is to validate two
coordination tests for CP-Football athletes called Side Stepping Jump and Split Jump.
A total of seventeen elite CP-Football athletes have performed a twenty-five complete cycle, in each jump test, in two assessments moments (test and retest) by three evaluators in a forty-eight hours
time difference between test and retest, which allowed the analysis of objectivity, reliability and internal consistency. To evaluate objectivity we used the Variance Analysis one factor test
(parametric) and Kruskal-Wallis (non-parametric). Reliability was evaluated by the procedures of Pearson correlation (parametric) and Spearman's correlation coefficient (nonparametric). The internal
consistency was analyzed using the Intraclass Correlation Coeficient. The significance level was set at p ≤ 0.05. Analyses were performed using the statistical package R-Plus 2.10.0.
No differences were found between results from different raters (p values ranging from 0,371 to 0,831) and the values of intraclass correlation coefficient found (range from r 0,93 to 0,97 p < 0.00)
indicate that the tests were consistent and reliable.
The results of this study indicate that the criteria of scientific authenticity to Side Stepping and Split Jump tests are valid for this group.