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Effects of Short-Term Plyometric Training on Agility, Jump and Repeated Sprint Performance in Female Soccer Players

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Department of Physiology and Biochemistry, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, University of Physical Education, 31-571 Kraków, Poland
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Department of Physical Education, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Applied Sciences, 33-100 Tarnów, Poland
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Doctoral School, University of Physical Education, 31-571 Kraków, Poland
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Department of Water Sports, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, University of Physical Education, 31-571 Kraków, Poland
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Academic Editors: Stacy T. Sims and Christopher T. Minson
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(5), 2274; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052274
Received: 31 January 2021 / Revised: 18 February 2021 / Accepted: 21 February 2021 / Published: 25 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Female Athlete Health in Training and Sports Performance)
The aim of the study was to determine the effects of short-term (4 weeks, twice a week: 8 sessions) plyometric training on agility, jump, and repeated sprint performance in female soccer players. The study comprised 17 females performing this sports discipline. The players were randomly divided into two groups: with plyometric training (PLY) and the control (CON). All players followed the same training program, but the PLY group also performed plyometric exercises. Tests used to evaluate physical performance were carried out immediately before and after PLY. After implementing the short PLY training, significant improvement in jump performance (squat jump: p = 0.04, ES = 0.48, countermovement jump: p = 0.009, ES = 0.42) and agility (p = 0.003, ES = 0.7) was noted in the PLY group. In the CON group, no significant (p > 0.05) changes in physical performance were observed. In contrast, PLY did not improve repeated sprint performance (p > 0.05) among female soccer players. In our research, it was shown that PLY can also be effective when performed for only 4 weeks instead of the 6–12 weeks typically applied. View Full-Text
Keywords: physical fitness; training; performance; soccer; plyometric; female physical fitness; training; performance; soccer; plyometric; female
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Maciejczyk, M.; Błyszczuk, R.; Drwal, A.; Nowak, B.; Strzała, M. Effects of Short-Term Plyometric Training on Agility, Jump and Repeated Sprint Performance in Female Soccer Players. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 2274. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052274

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Maciejczyk M, Błyszczuk R, Drwal A, Nowak B, Strzała M. Effects of Short-Term Plyometric Training on Agility, Jump and Repeated Sprint Performance in Female Soccer Players. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(5):2274. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052274

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Maciejczyk, Marcin, Renata Błyszczuk, Aleksander Drwal, Beata Nowak, and Marek Strzała. 2021. "Effects of Short-Term Plyometric Training on Agility, Jump and Repeated Sprint Performance in Female Soccer Players" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 5: 2274. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052274

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