PRE-SEASON COUNTERMOVEMENT JUMP DERIVED NEUROMUSCULAR PERFORMANCE IN FEMALE NCAA DIVISION III SOCCER PLAYERS
Kelsey R. Hutchison1, Isabel M. Neall1, Matan Amitay1, Vanessa B. Batchelor1, Shannon K. Crowley1, Jay R. Hoffman, FACSM2, Meir Magal, FACSM1. 1North Carolina Wesleyan University, Rocky Mount, NC. 2Ariel University, Ariel, Israel.
BACKGROUND: Over the years, several studies have examined the physiological profile of elite male and female soccer players. However, normative countermovement jump (CMJ) performance data for NCAA Division III female soccer players is limited. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to examine CMJ derived variables in this population. METHODS: Nineteen members of a NCAA Division III women's soccer team (mean ± SD): age (19 ± 1.0 y); body weight (65.7 ± 14.4 kg); height (1.64 ± 6.8 m); BMI (24.08 ± 4.06 kg×m-2) volunteered to participate in the study. CMJ neuromuscular performance testing included jump height, Reactive Strength Index Modified (RSIm), movement time, peak relative eccentric and concentric force and peak relative eccentric and concentric power. All performance testing occurred prior to the start of the regular season. RESULTS: The results of this study suggest that compared to published studies that examined similar performance measure in NCAA DI and professional female athletes, the current cohort performed poorly in respect to jump height (22.79 ± 4.42 cm), RSIm (0.30 ± 0.07), movement time (0.79 ± 0.15 s), peak relative eccentric force (22.44 ± 3.48 N×kg-1), peak relative concentric force (24.34 ± 3.96 N×kg-1), peak relative eccentric power (10.15 ± 2.00 W×kg-1) and peak relative concentric power (40.91 ± 5.94 W×kg-1). CONCLUSIONS: This study provides normative data for a group of NCAA Division III female soccer players. In comparison to published descriptive data in the literature, the athletic ability of the athletes observed in this study appears to be lower than other female athletes.
Hutchison, KR; Neall, IM; Amitay, M; Batchelor, VB; Crowley, SK; Hoffman, FACSM, JR; and Magal, FACSM, M
"PRE-SEASON COUNTERMOVEMENT JUMP DERIVED NEUROMUSCULAR PERFORMANCE IN FEMALE NCAA DIVISION III SOCCER PLAYERS,"
International Journal of Exercise Science: Conference Proceedings: Vol. 16:
2, Article 90.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/ijesab/vol16/iss2/90