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The Impact of COVID-19 Lockdown on Agility, Explosive Power, and Speed-Endurance Capacity in Youth Soccer Players

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Institute of Sport Sciences, University of Debrecen, 4032 Debrecen, Hungary
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Faculty of Economics and Business, Institute of Applied Informatics and Logistics, University of Debrecen, 4032 Debrecen, Hungary
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Sportdiagnostic and Therapeutic Center, 4032 Debrecen, Hungary
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(18), 9604; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18189604
Received: 20 July 2021 / Revised: 31 August 2021 / Accepted: 7 September 2021 / Published: 12 September 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Training and Performance in Youth Sports)
Our goal was to assess agility, explosive power, and speed-endurance capacity by implementing noninvasive procedures and sport-specific tests. We hypothesized that agility, speed, explosive power, and speed-endurance capacity might be maintained or increased by an individualized home-based training program. Eleven adolescent athletes participated in our study; they executed three tests before the coronavirus outbreak and 13 weeks later, after the pandemic curfew. We used the SpeedCourt System to assess the sport-specific speed and agility parameters and monitor speed-endurance capacity. We conducted the first measurement at the end of the preparatory period, on 28 February 2020. The second session consisted of 4 weeks of regular training and 9 weeks of individual, home-based activities. Compared to the first (pre-pandemic) testing session, our participants demonstrated a significantly improved capacity of the lower limbs’ explosive strength after completing the home-based exercise routine, compared to the first (pre-pandemic) testing session. We found that agility, speed, and explosive power might be maintained at the same level under home-based conditions. We found that it was challenging for the participants to increase their “pre-pandemic” endurance capacities. View Full-Text
Keywords: soccer; athletic performance; physical fitness; performance testing; SpeedCourt System soccer; athletic performance; physical fitness; performance testing; SpeedCourt System
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Pucsok, J.M.; Kovács, M.; Ráthonyi, G.; Pocsai, B.; Balogh, L. The Impact of COVID-19 Lockdown on Agility, Explosive Power, and Speed-Endurance Capacity in Youth Soccer Players. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 9604. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18189604

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Pucsok JM, Kovács M, Ráthonyi G, Pocsai B, Balogh L. The Impact of COVID-19 Lockdown on Agility, Explosive Power, and Speed-Endurance Capacity in Youth Soccer Players. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(18):9604. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18189604

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Pucsok, József M., Miklós Kovács, Gergely Ráthonyi, Balázs Pocsai, and László Balogh. 2021. "The Impact of COVID-19 Lockdown on Agility, Explosive Power, and Speed-Endurance Capacity in Youth Soccer Players" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 18: 9604. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18189604

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