Conditioned response

NFL conditioning tests have been in the news quite a bit lately.

But what exactly does that test consist of?

Every team does it differently, but the Seahawks will hold a short fitness exam at 3 p.m. today that will be composed of 20 reps of 40-, 50- or 60-yard dashes, depending on position, with short recovery times. Skill players will run the longer distance, linebackers and tight ends will run the 50-yard sprints and linemen will be commissioned to the 40-yard dashes.

The players will have 30-second breaks between each sprint, and then a three-minute break at the halfway mark of the 20-rep slate that head strength and conditioning coach Chris Carlisle said is not intended to break the players but instead simply learn what level of conditioning they’re coming from at the start of camp.

“Everything counts, so here’s our first chance to see them at work,” Coach Pete Carroll said about this afternoon’s test.

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