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SAQ training on sprint, change-of-direction speed, and agility in U-20 female football players.

Lee, Y-S., Lee, D. and Ahn, N. Y., 2024. SAQ training on sprint, change-of-direction speed, and agility in U-20 female football players. PLoS One, 19 (3), e0299204.

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DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0299204


The purpose of the study was to investigate the effects of an 8-week speed, agility, and quickness (SAQ) training on performance changes in linear sprint speed, change-of-direction (COD) speed, and reactive agility of U-20 female football players. Nineteen female football players randomly served as either experimental (n = 9) or control groups (n = 10). The players were tested for physical fitness tests: linear sprint speed including both short and long distances (5- and 10-m sprints without a ball and 20- and 30-m sprints with and without dribbling), COD speed (arrowhead agility test with and without dribbling a ball, Southeast Missouri [SEMO] agility test, and 22-m repeated slalom dribbling test), and reactive agility. Significant group × time interactions were observed for sprint over long distances and COD speed but not for short sprint and reactive agility performances. Paired t-tests revealed considerable improvements in all performances from the pre-test to post-test for the SAQ group, except for the arrowhead agility (left; p = .07). The control group only exhibited significant improvements in 10-m sprint performance after general football training. Eight weeks of SAQ training were effective at enhancing acceleration, maximum sprint speed, and agility performances amongst highly trained U-20 female football players.

Item Type:Article
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:39612
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:19 Mar 2024 10:42
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