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Journal of Human Kinetics

The Journal of Academy of Physical Education in Katowice

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Volume 39, Issue 1 (Dec 2013)

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Does an in-Season 6-Week Combined Sprint and Jump Training Program Improve Strength-Speed Abilities and Kicking Performance in Young Soccer Players?

Mário C. Marques
  • Corresponding author
  • Department of Sport Sciences, University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal.
  • Research Centre for Sport, Health and Human Development, Vila Real, Portugal
  • Email:
/ Ana Pereira
  • Research Centre for Sport, Health and Human Development, Vila Real, Portugal.
  • Department of Teacher Education and Sports of Sogn and Fjordane University College, Norway.
/ Ivan G. Reis
  • Department of Sport Sciences, University of Pará, Belém, Brasil.
/ Roland van den Tillaar
  • Research Centre for Sport, Health and Human Development, Vila Real, Portugal.
  • Department of Teacher Education and Sports of Sogn and Fjordane University College, Norway.
Published Online: 2013-12-31 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/hukin-2013-0078

Abstract

The aim of this study was to examine the effect of a six-week combined jump and sprint training program on strength-speed abilities in a large sample of youth competitive soccer players. It was hypothesized that the experimental training group would enhance their jumping and sprinting abilities. Enhancement of kicking performance was also hypothesized due to an expected increase in explosive strength established by a plyometric and sprinting regimen. Fiftytwo young male soccer players playing at the national level (aged 13.4 ± 1.4 years, body mass 53.4 ± 11.7 kg, body height 1.66 ± 0.11 m) took part in the study. Half of the group underwent the plyometric and sprint training program in addition to their normal soccer training, while the other half was involved in soccer training only. The plyometric training group enhanced their running (+1.7 and +3.2%) and jumping performance (+7.7%) significantly over the short period of time, while the control group did not. Furthermore, both groups increased their kicking velocity after just six weeks of training (+3.3 vs. 6.6%). The findings suggest that a short in-season 6-week sprint and jump training regimen can significantly improve explosive strength in soccer-specific skills and that these improvements can be transferred to soccer kicking performance in terms of ball speed.

Keywords : speed training; lower extremity; kicking; soccer

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Published Online: 2013-12-31

Published in Print: 2013-12-01


Citation Information: Journal of Human Kinetics, ISSN (Online) 1899-7562, ISSN (Print) 1640-5544, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/hukin-2013-0078. Export Citation

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