International Journal of Exercise Science 13(4): 950-963, 2020. 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.
Katushabe, Edgar T. and Kramer, Mark
"Effects of Combined Power Band Resistance Training on Sprint Speed, Agility, Vertical Jump Height and Strength in Collegiate Soccer Players,"
International Journal of Exercise Science: Vol. 13
4, Pages 950 - 963.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/ijes/vol13/iss4/19