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Relationships between strength, sprint, and jump performance in well-trained youth soccer players

Comfort, P, Stewart, A, Bloom, L and Clarkson, BJ 2014, 'Relationships between strength, sprint, and jump performance in well-trained youth soccer players' , Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 28 (1) , pp. 173-177.

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Abstract

Research has demonstrated a clear relationship between absolute and relative strength and sprint and jump performance in adult athletes; however, this relationship in younger athletes has been less extensively studied. The aim of this study, therefore, was to determine the relationships between strength, sprint, and jump performances in well-trained youth soccer players. Thirty-four young male soccer players (17.2 6 0.6 years; body mass, 72.62 ± 7.42 kg; height, 179.27 ± 6.58 cm) performed a predicted maximal squat test, 20-m sprints, squat jumps (SJs), and countermovement jumps (CMJs). Absolute strength showed the strongest correlations with 5-m sprint times (r = 20.596, p < 0.001, power = 0.99), SJ height (r = 0.762, p < 0.001, power = 1.00), and CMJ height (r = 0.760, p, 0.001, power = 1.00), whereas relative strength demonstrated the strongest correlation with 20-m sprint times (r = 20.672, p < 0.001, power = 0.99). The results of this study illustrate the importance of developing high levels of lower-body strength to enhance sprint and jump performance in youth soccer players, with stronger athletes demonstrating superior sprint and jump performances. © 2013 National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > School of Health Sciences > Centre for Health Sciences Research
Schools > School of Health Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
Publisher: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1064-8011
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: S Rafiq
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2014 12:48
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2015 23:42
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/30994

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