THE EFFECTS OF A SIX WEEK PLYOMETRIC TRAINING PROGRAMME ON THE AGILITY OF MALE CRICKETERS
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The recent modernisation, commercialisation and increased work schedule of a cricketer’s lifestyle has prompted the need for higher physical fitness levels. A key component of physical fitness in cricket is to maintain high agility levels. The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of plyometric training on university cricketers and the response this specific training has on agility. The study involved nine male university cricketers aged 20.22 ± 1.30 years; five participants took part in a six week plyometric programme (experimental group) whilst four participants continued their normal training regimes (control group). The effect of the plyometric training programme was evaluated by testing the experimental participants on their pro agility times, ground contact times, peak force produced on the force plate and their rate of peak force development. Results between the 1st testing session and 2nd testing session were evaluated. The mean pro agility time for the experimental group decreased from 4.52 ± 0.09 seconds to 4.44 ± 0.13 seconds (p < 0.148), mean ground contact times also decreased from 0.382 ± 0.058 seconds to 0.35 ± 0.04 seconds (p < 0.179). Peak forces recorded increased by 0.02 BW’s compared to a decrease of 0.12 BW’s in the control group. To conclude, the study showed there was no significant difference in the agility of the cricketers after the implementation of a six week plyometric program.
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