THE EFFECT OF ECCENTRIC EXERCISE INTERVENTIONS ON AGILIITY IN COLLEGIATE FOOTBALL PLAYERS
J. Reinhardt, C. Book, P. Roback, E. Voldal, N. Peterson, & S. Crouser
St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN
It is well known that eccentric strength is essential to performing well in athletics; however, most research has been conducted on how eccentrics affect vertical jump. The purpose of this study was to examine how eccentrics affect quick change of direction in sports and which method of application, lifting or plyometrics, is best for training this skill. Sixteen NCAA Division III football players aged 18-21 were randomly split into three groups. All three groups followed their normal off-season training. In addition, the first group had an extra plyometric protocol, the second group had an extra eccentric lifting protocol, and the third group served as the control. The subjects followed this program for 6 weeks and were tested at the start and at the end in the 5-10-5 Pro Agility Drill. The times were then compared to check for improvement of ability to change direction.
Keywords: eccentric, plyometric, resistance training, agility
NACSM Professional Sponsor: Dr. Cynthia Book
Reinhardt, J; Book, C; Roback, P; Voldal, E; Peterson, N; and Crouser, S
"THE EFFECT OF ECCENTRIC EXERCISE INTERVENTIONS ON AGILIITY IN COLLEGIATE FOOTBALL PLAYERS,"
International Journal of Exercise Science: Conference Proceedings: Vol. 12
, Article 3.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/ijesab/vol12/iss1/3
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