Effects of combined power band resistance training on sprint speed, agility, vertical jump height and strength in collegiate soccer players
Katushabe, Edgar T.
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Soccer involves explosive physical actions requiring strength, power, and agility for optimal performance. Such attributes may be trained several ways, of which power-band resistance training has received limited attention regarding the potential for performance improvement in soccer players. This study serves to determine the effect of power-band resistance training on 1-repetition maximal (1RM) strength, speed, standing vertical jump (SVJ) height, and agility of collegiate soccer players. Seventeen male players (age: 20.47 ± 1.85 years, height: 1.77 ± 0.08 m, mass: 70.49 ± 4.15 kg) were matched and randomly allocated into either a conventional resistance group (CON, n = 8), or a power-band resistance training group (EXP, n = 9). Following a 6-week intervention, participants were re-assessed relative to their baseline values, showing improvements in 1RM squat mass (CON: +31.57%; EXP: +34.61%), 1RM deadlift mass (CON: +15.44%; EXP: +13.72%), and SVJ height (CON: +4.15%; EXP: +6.35%). Power-band resistance training produced greater results compared to conventional training in 1RM squat mass, even when between-group baseline values were controlled for (ANCOVA, F(1,14)=5.32, p = 0.037, = .28). No other between-group differences were evident, showing no clear methodological superiority. Power-band resistance training shows potential as an effective training methodology compared to conventional resistance training to improve performance variables in university soccer players
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