New IQ test for pro athletes promises dynamic assessment of ‘sports-specific’ abilities

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Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield. Image credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
[T]he Athletic Intelligence Quotient, a test that measures an athlete’s sports-specific cognitive abilities [took] a while to build. Nearly 15 years, to be exact.

But eight years after finally taking it to market, the AIQ is gaining acceptance among professional sports teams, including many in the NFL. Goldman’s company, Athletic Intelligence Measures, has more than a dozen NBA and major league baseball teams under contract.

What the AIQ attempts to measure is an athlete’s intelligence, particularly as it pertains to on-field performance, both the speed with which he potentially might be able to make a meaningful contribution… .

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The Wonderlic test…still is given to prospects at the combine. But many people inside the league and out question the value of a written test… .

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“Whereas, with the AIQ, athletes are asked to rotate a shape in their mind and match it up with shapes they see on the screen. That sort of ability to manipulate an object in space and understand how turning an object around will or won’t fit with what you’re looking at is perhaps more of a dynamic skill set,’ [said Alex Auerbach]

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