Effect of plyometric training on athletic performance in preadolescent soccer players

Yiannis Michailidis

Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of plyometric training on performance of preadolescent soccer players. 21 players assigned to two groups: jumping-group (JG, n = 11) and control-group (CG, n = 10). Training program was performed for 10 weeks. Anaerobic power performances were assessed by using standing long jump (SLJ), 10 m and 30 m sprint. In the JG the performance at the long jump was increased significantly (P = 0.031). Also the performance of JG increased at 30m sprint running by 7.2 % (P < 0.001). None of the variables tested in the CG demonstrated difference between the pre-test and the post-test. Our results indicate that plyometric training can improve running performance at 30 m sprint and the performance at standing long jump in preadolescent soccer players.


Keywords

Plyometric; Jump; Sprint; Performance; Preadolescent

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.14198/jhse.2015.101.02