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Effects of volume-based overload plyometric training on maximal-intensity exercise adaptations in young basketball players

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Authors

Abbas Asadi; Rodrigo Ramirez-Campillo; Cesar Meylan; Fabio Y Nakamura; Rodrigo Cañas-Jamett; Mikel Izquierdo

Abstract

Background

The aim of the present study was to compare maximal-intensity exercise adaptations in young basketball players (who were strong individuals at baseline) participating in regular basketball training versus regular plus a volume-based plyometric training program in the pre-season period.

Methods

Young basketball players were recruited and assigned either to a plyometric with regular basketball training group (experimental group [EG]; N.=8), or a basketball training only group (control group [CG]; N.=8). The athletes in EG performed periodized (i.e., from 117 to 183 jumps per session) plyometric training for eight weeks. Before and after the intervention, players were assessed in vertical and broad jump, change of direction, maximal strength and a 60-meter sprint test.

Results

No significant improvements were found in the CG, while the EG improved vertical jump (effect size [ES] 2.8), broad jump (ES=2.4), agility T test (ES=2.2), Illinois agility test (ES=1.4), maximal strength (ES=1.8), and 60-m sprint (ES=1.6) (P<0.05) after intervention, and the improvements were greater compared to the CG (P<0.05).

Conclusions

Plyometric training in addition to regular basketball practice can lead to meaningful improvements in maximal-intensity exercise adaptations among young basketball players during the pre-season.

Link

Asadi A, Ramirez-Campillo R, Meylan C, Nakamura FY, Cañas-Jamett R, Izquierdo M. Effects of volume-based overload plyometric training on maximal-intensity exercise adaptations in young basketball players. J Sports Med Phys Fitness. 2017;57(12):1557-1563. doi:10.23736/S0022-4707.16.06640-8

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