Effects of Attentional Focus during Short-Term Drop-Jump Training on Strength, Jump and Sprint Performances in Hurling Players
Byrne, Paul J.
Moody, Jeremy A.
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The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of attentional focus during a bounce drop-jump (BDJ) training program on the reactive strength index (RSI), maximum strength, counter movement jump (CMJ) and sprint performances in male hurling players. Twenty players were assigned to either a NONCOACH (no coaching instruction) or a COACH (neutral, internal and external focus coaching instructions) group and were tested at baseline, pre- and post- the 6-week BDJ program. Significant differences were found pre-to post-program in both groups for the following measures: BDJ RSI (NONCOACH: 21.1% (p< 0.001), ES = 0.81; COACH: 22.2%(p =0.010), ES =0.76); BDJ height (NONCOACH: 19.8%(p =0.010), ES =0.91; COACH: 21.1%(p =0.010), ES = 0.81); absolute 3RM back squat (NONCOACH: 6.6%(p =0.020), ES =0.36; COACH: 12.3%(p =0.030), ES =0.79) and relative 3RM back squat (NONCOACH: 6.7% (p =0.010), ES =0.53; COACH: 12.6% (p =0.040), ES =0.79).The COACH group increased eccentric rate of force development (ECC-RFD) from pre- to post-program (absolute ECC-RFD: 44.6% (p =0.050), ES = 0.60; relative ECC-RFD: 44.7% (p =0.040), ES = 0.58), from baseline to post-program for CMJ height (9.5% (p =0.020), ES =0.45) and peak force (absolute: 11.2%(p =0.040), ES =0.70; relative: 10.1%(p=0.040), ES =0.67). Including coaching instructions during BDJ training is effective in enhancing strength and power capacities in hurling players and is transferrable to jumping.
Journal of Physical Fitness, Medicine and Treatment in Sport;
Byrne P.J., Moody, J.A., Cooper S-M., Lawlor M. and Kinsella S. (2018) 'Effects of Attentional Focus during Short-Term Drop-Jump Training on Strength, Jump and Sprint Performances in Hurling Players', Journal of Physical Fitness, Medicine and Treatment in Sport, 4(4), 555642
Article published (open access) in Journal of Physical Fitness, Medicine and Treatment in Sport on 21 June 2018 available at https://doi.org/10.19080/JPFMTS.2018.04.555642
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