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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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.
|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|
|Funders:||Non funded research|
|Depositing User:||S Rafiq|
|Date Deposited:||25 Mar 2014 12:48|
|Last Modified:||30 Nov 2015 23:42|
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