SPARQ testing has been called the SAT of athleticism measurement. It is an objective measure of physical capacities summarized statistically by a combination of four football-specific tests to assess peak power (vertical jump), change-of-direction speed (20-yard short shuttle), linear speed (40-yard dash) and upper-body power (kneeling power ball toss).
What the SPARQ testing cannot do is create or improve talent, nor can it transform a poor player into a good player. SPARQ testing is employed to accentuate and improve the talent a player does have in order to allow that player to be the best he can be. Unlike the NFL combine, where testing is combined with football-specific drills, SPARQ rating is exclusively comprised of testing. There are no drills where a football is actually used.
Here is a brief outline of each of the four areas of testing and why they are an important part of the evaluation process: