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Sports 2016, 4(4), 56; doi:10.3390/sports4040056

Relationships and Predictive Capabilities of Jump Assessments to Soccer-Specific Field Test Performance in Division I Collegiate Players

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Department of Kinesiology, California State University, Fullerton, CA 92831, USA
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Department of Kinesiology, California State University, Northridge, CA 91330, USA
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Academic Editor: Filipe Clemente
Received: 17 October 2016 / Revised: 28 November 2016 / Accepted: 30 November 2016 / Published: 3 December 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Performance in Soccer)
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Abstract

Leg power is an important characteristic for soccer, and jump tests can measure this capacity. Limited research has analyzed relationships between jumping and soccer-specific field test performance in collegiate male players. Nineteen Division I players completed tests of: leg power (vertical jump (VJ), standing broad jump (SBJ), left- and right-leg triple hop (TH)); linear (30 m sprint; 0–5 m, 5–10 m, 0–10, 0–30 m intervals) and change-of-direction (505) speed; soccer-specific fitness (Yo-Yo Intermittent Recovery Test Level 2); and 7 × 30-m sprints to measure repeated-sprint ability (RSA; total time (TT), performance decrement (PD)). Pearson’s correlations (r) determined jump and field test relationships; stepwise regression ascertained jump predictors of the tests (p < 0.05). All jumps correlated with the 0–5, 0–10, and 0–30 m sprint intervals (r = −0.65–−0.90). VJ, SBJ, and left- and right-leg TH correlated with RSA TT (r = −0.51–−0.59). Right-leg TH predicted the 0–5 and 0–10 m intervals (R2 = 0.55–0.81); the VJ predicted the 0–30 m interval and RSA TT (R2 = 0.41–0.84). Between-leg TH asymmetry correlated with and predicted left-leg 505 and RSA PD (r = −0.68–0.62; R2 = 0.39–0.46). Improvements in jumping ability could contribute to faster speed and RSA performance in collegiate soccer players. View Full-Text
Keywords: association football; men’s soccer; leg power; vertical jump; standing broad jump; triple hop; linear speed; repeated-sprint ability; asymmetry association football; men’s soccer; leg power; vertical jump; standing broad jump; triple hop; linear speed; repeated-sprint ability; asymmetry
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Lockie, R.G.; Stage, A.A.; Stokes, J.J.; Orjalo, A.J.; Davis, D.L.; Giuliano, D.V.; Moreno, M.R.; Risso, F.G.; Lazar, A.; Birmingham-Babauta, S.A.; Tomita, T.M. Relationships and Predictive Capabilities of Jump Assessments to Soccer-Specific Field Test Performance in Division I Collegiate Players. Sports 2016, 4, 56.

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