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Measuring Differences in Plyometric Strength Training for Male Collegiate

Soccer Players

Brandon Ilagan
Advisor: Kelly A. Stalker, Ed.D., LAT, ATC

Abstract Methods Conclusions

In sports there are a variety of different ways to strength Participants:
From these findings it can be concluded that
train. Plyometric training is a form of training that can be - 12 collegiate male soccer players
plyometric strength training does help male
used to enhance athletes strength gains (Davies, - Mean age of 20.0
collegiate soccer players obtain improved
Riemann & Manske, 2015). However, research is lacking
in this type of training, especially in male soccer players. strength.
Test Mean Std. Dev. t p
The purpose of this study was to measure changes in - Pre and Post testing Vertical Jump
strength following plyometric training in male collegiate -Vertical jump Pre 20.27 3.914 -4.45 0.001
soccer players. Twelve collegiate male soccer players Post 23.14 2.521
from Immaculata University participated in a four-week
-Broad jump
-Maximum number of pull ups Broad Jump
plyometric strength-training program. The athletes went Pre 7.26 0.716 -4.244 0.002
through pre and post training testing for one repetition -1 RM Squat
-1 RM Bench Press Post 7.54 0.555
maximum squat and bench press, maximum number of
pull-ups, broad jump and vertical jump. Significant - Plyometric training program Pull-Ups
differences were found when comparing the pre and post Pre 8.42 5.518 -5.533 0.001
- 4 weeks, 3 days a week
scores of each test; squat (p = 0.004), bench press (p = Post 11.08 5.435
- Warm up 1 mile run on treadmill or bike
0.001), pull-ups (p = 0.001), broad jump (p = 0.002), Bench Press
- Plyometric exercises
and vertical jump (p = 0.001). From these findings it can Pre 169.58 39.165 -6.504 0.001
be concluded thatIntroduction
plyometric strength training does help Results Post 177.92 Research
Further 36.585
male collegiate soccer players obtain improve strength. Squat
Pre 224.09 62.523 -3.667
-From the results it can be seen that these 0.004
Plyometric training is defined as exerting Pre & Post Testing Comparisons Post 244.55 50.816
energy rapidly at a high force in short intervals, players have made advancements within their
with the goal to be increasing strength and strength through the assigned plyometric
power (Wang & Zhang, 2016). 224.09

Soccer requires rapid movements such as 177.92

- A comparison of strength changes of different
acceleration/deceleration of the body, changes 169.58
sports could be done to see if plyometric
of direction, vertical and horizontal jumps, training is beneficial in all sports.

endurance, and speed (Wang & Zhang, 2016). 8.42

Each player must possess a certain level of 7.54


muscular strength and power in the body to Wang, Y.-C., & Zhang, N. (2016). Effects of plyometric training on soccer
challenge the strength of the opponent players 23.14
players. Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine, 12(2), 550554. http://
as well as able to perform the skill at a high 20.27

consistency level. (Mohamed & Mohamed, Davies, G., Riemann, B. L., & Manske, R. (2015). CURRENT CONCEPTS OF
PLYOMETRIC EXERCISE.International Journal of Sports Physical
Purpose Therapy,10(6), 760786.
Pre Test Post Test
Mohamed, M. F., Ali, S. S., & Mohamed, S. K. (2014). The Effectiveness of
The purpose of this study was to measure Plyometric Training on Muscle Strength for Soccer Players. Ovidius
changes in strength following plyometric Significant differences were found when comparing University Annals, Series Physical Education & Sport/Science, Movement
& Health, 14(2), 163-169
training in male collegiate soccer players. the
pre and post scores of each test.
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