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Asadi, A; Arazi, H. (2012). Effects of high-intensity plyometric training on dynamic balance, agility, vertical jump and sprint performance in young male basketball players. Journal of Sport and Health Research.4 (1):35-44.

 

ABSTRACT

Objetives; The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of high-intensity plyometric training program on dynamic balance, agility, vertical jump, and sprint performance in young male basketball players.
 
Methods; Sixteen semi-professional basketball players participated in this study. Subjects were divided into two groups: plyometric training (PL; n = 8) and control group (CG; n = 8). Plyometric training took place 2 days a week for 6 weeks including depth jump, squat depth jump, and depth jump to standing long jump. Star Excursion Balance Test (SEBT), vertical jump (VJ), standing long jump (SLJ), 4 × 9- m shuttle run, T-test, Illinois Agility Test, and 20-m sprint were measured at pre- and post-training.
 
Results; The PL demonstrated significant improvement (P < 0.05) in VJ (~23%), SLJ (~10%), 4 × 9-m shuttle run (~7%), T-test (~9%), Illinois Agility test (~7%), and 20-m sprint (~9%) after a 6- week of training and compared to CG. There were not significant changes (P > 0.05) in SEBT, but PL showed ~4% improvement.
 
Disscusion and Conclusions; It could be concluded that a 6-week high-intensity plyometric program can improve power, agility, sprint and balance in young male basketball players. Also, this study provides support for coaches and basketball players who use this training method at the preparation (conditioning) phase.

KEY WORDS

high-impact, performance, plyometrics, postural control

 

 
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