Effects of plyometric and short sprint with change-of-direction training in male U17 soccer players

Ghaith Aloui, Souhail Hermassi*, Lawrence D. Hayes, Nilihan E. M. Sanal Hayes, El Ghali Bouhafs, Mohamed Souhaiel Chelly, René Schwesig

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Abstract

This project investigated the effect of adding 8 weeks of bi-weekly plyometric and short sprint with change-of-direction (PSSCoD) training into standard training for elite youth soccer players from Tunisia. A training group (n = 18; age: 16.6 ± 0.5 years; body mass: 63.2 ± 4.8 kg; stature: 1.73 ± 0.07 m; body fat: 11.2 ± 1.7%), and control group (n = 16; age: 16.6 ± 0.5 years; body mass: 63.6 ± 4.3 kg; height: 1.73 ± 0.06 m; body fat: 11.6 ± 1.5%) participated. The pre- and post-intervention measures were squat-jump (SJ), countermovement jump (CMJ), standing long jump (SLJ), 5 m and 20 m sprint, change-of-direction ability (4 × 5 m sprint test (S 4 × 5 m)), repeated sprint ability (RSA), and static balance (stork balance test). The training group displayed superior jump (all p < 0.05; d > 0.49), sprint (p < 0.05; d > 0.52), change-of-direction ability (p < 0.01; d = 0.78), RSA (p < 0.01; d > 0.70), and static balance (p < 0.05; d > 0.49) improvements. Adding bi-weekly PSSCoD improves the athletic performance of young soccer players.
Original languageEnglish
Article number4767
Number of pages12
JournalApplied Sciences
Volume11
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 May 2021

Keywords

  • stretch-shortening cycle
  • change-of-direction training
  • plyometric training
  • team sports

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