Close Menu

The Effects of Aquatic Plyometric Training on Lower Limb Power and Agility of University Rugby and Soccer Athletes S Roopchand-Martin1, B Gayle1, D Evelyn2, S Creary-Yan1

DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2018.093
Pages: 

ABSTRACT

 

Objective: To determine the effects of aquatic plyometric training on lower limb power and agility of rugby and soccer players at The University of the West Indies.

Methods:  Subjects were recruited from the University’s soccer and rugby teams and following completion of informed consent, baseline measures were taken for the Illinois Agility, the Vertical Jump and Running Based Anaerobic Sprint Tests (RAST). Aquatic plyometric training was done three times per week for six weeks followed by post-test measures.

Results: Statistically significant changes were achieved for all variables tested. The mean change in Illinois Agility scores was 0.72 ± 0.72 seconds, p = 0.001. Vertical Jump height increased (mean change = -105.28 ± 82.22 cm; p = 0.00) and the mean anaerobic power on the RAST also increased at the end of training (mean change =  -86.97 ± 129.66 watts; p = 0.011).

Conclusion: Aquatic plyometric training shows the potential to be an effective method of training for University level Rugby and Soccer Players.  Further research is needed to compare this method of training with other approaches to power and agility training. 

 

 

Accepted: 
07 Aug, 2018
PDF Attachment: 
e-Published: 08 Mar, 2019

Disclaimer

Manuscripts that are Published Ahead of Print have been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by the Editorial Board of the West Indian Medical Journal. They may appear in their original format and may not be copy edited or formatted in the style guide of this Journal. While accepted manuscripts are not yet assigned a volume, issue or page numbers, they can be cited using the DOI and date of e-publication. See our Instructions for Authors on how to properly cite manuscripts at this stage. The contents of the manuscript may change before it is published in its final form. Manuscripts in this section will be removed once they have been issued to a volume and issue, but will still retain the DOI and date of e-publication.

Top of Page