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Effect of Combined Plyometric-Sprint and Combined Plyometric-Resistance Training Protocols on Speed, Explosive Power and Change of Direction
Background/Objective: The objective of the current investigation was to distinguish the impact of six weeks of combined plyometric-resistance and combined plyometric-sprint trainings on the fitness elements among male students. Methods/Statistical Analysis: 143 males aged 18 to 22 years were categorized into 3 groups, Plyometric-Sprint Training (PST, n = 48), Plyometric-Resistance Training (PRT, n = 47) and a Control Group (CG, n = 48). The experimental groups trained for 40 min per workout 2 days a week, for 6 weeks. Before and after training, tests were assessed on body composition, speed, power and agility. ANOVA and paired t-tests were used for analysis. Findings: The outcomes of all the components of this investigation showed that both the PSTand the PRT revealed significantly greater reduction in the mean values than the CG (P˂0.05), but no change was recorded between them in 30 m, 40 m and a 50 m run (P˃0.05). However, in the Illinois agility test and standing long jump, the PST significantly exhibited greater declines in mean different values than the PRT (P˂0.05). Applications/Improvements: PRT and PST protocols have effectiveness for acceleration, speed, power and agility. PST showed reduction in agility and an increment in explosive power than PRT, but had same speed.
Agility, Plyometric, Power, Resistance, Speed.
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