Date of Award

7-2006

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (to 2011)

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

PURPOSE: To determine if six weeks of plyometric training can improve an athlete's agility. DESIGN AND SETTINGS: Subjects were divided into a plyometric training and a control group. The plyometric training group participated in a six week plyometric training program. The control group did not perform any plyometric training techniques and were told to refrain from initiating any lower extremity training program. SUBJECTS: Twenty eight subjects were randomly assigned to 2 groups, a plyometric training group and a control group. Subjects were at least 18 years of age, free of lower extremity injuries, and were not involved in any type of plyometric training. MEASUREMENTS: All subjects participated in three agility tests: T-test, Illinois Agility Test, and Force Plate both pre and post testing. RESULTS: The repeated measures ANOVA revealed a significant group by test interaction for all three agility tests that were done. CONCLUSIONS: The results of this study show that plyometric training can be an effective training technique to improve an athlete's agility. PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS: Plyometric training can be implemented into training by coaches in order to improve an athlete's agility.

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