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Effects of a Specific Core Stability Program on the Sprint and Change-of-Direction Maneuverability Performance in Youth, Male Soccer Players

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EUSES Escola Universitària de la Salut i l’Esport, Rovira i Virgili University, 43870 Tarragona, Spain
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Department Education and Specific Didactics, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Universitat Jaume I, 12071 Castellón de la Plana, Spain
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Academic Editors: Caio Victor Sousa and Samuel da Silva Aguiar
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(19), 10116; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph181910116
Received: 24 August 2021 / Revised: 18 September 2021 / Accepted: 23 September 2021 / Published: 26 September 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue New Advances in Sports Performance and Health across the Lifespan)
Although it is recommended to use sport-specific training programs to optimize performance, studies analyzing the effects of the core stability training with high levels of sport-specificity on athletic performance are insufficient and unclear. The objective of this study was to analyze the effects of the level of specificity of a CORE stability program on specific soccer actions. Fourteen youth players were randomly assigned to the specific core stability group (SCS; n = 7) or the general core stability group (GCS; n = 7). The eight-week intervention consisted of two weekly training sessions added to the usual soccer training. Both groups performed four CORE stability tasks. The SCS group followed the principle of sports specificity, while the GCS group performed CORE stability commons. Ten-meter linear sprinting (Sprint) and change-of-direction maneuverability (V-cut) were evaluated before and after the intervention programs. A statistically significant improvement was obtained in Sprint (d = 0.84 95% CI (0.22, 1.45), p = 0.008) and V-cut (d = 1.24 95% CI (0.52, 1.93), p < 0.001). At posttest, statistically nonsignificant differences were obtained between groups in Sprint (d = 1.03 95% CI (−0.25, 2.30), p = 0.082) and V-cut (d = −0.56 95% CI (−1.89, 0.78), p = 0.370). In conclusion, sprint and change-of-direction maneuverability were improved, but there was no superiority of any type of training. View Full-Text
Keywords: core stability; youth; soccer core stability; youth; soccer
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Brull-Muria, E.; Beltran-Garrido, J.V. Effects of a Specific Core Stability Program on the Sprint and Change-of-Direction Maneuverability Performance in Youth, Male Soccer Players. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 10116. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph181910116

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Brull-Muria E, Beltran-Garrido JV. Effects of a Specific Core Stability Program on the Sprint and Change-of-Direction Maneuverability Performance in Youth, Male Soccer Players. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(19):10116. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph181910116

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Brull-Muria, Eric, and Jose V. Beltran-Garrido. 2021. "Effects of a Specific Core Stability Program on the Sprint and Change-of-Direction Maneuverability Performance in Youth, Male Soccer Players" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 19: 10116. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph181910116

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