The effect of an intervention programme upon speed, agility and quickness in elite adolescent male rugby players
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The aim of the study was to investigate the effects of Speed, Agility and Quickness (SAQ) training. SAQ training claims that ifan athlete incorporates the SAQ progfa¡nme into their training they can improve in their speed performance. SAQ training sets out a number of drills and equipment like the fast feet ladders, micro hurdles and the resistance cords which an athlete can use to enhance their speed. This study was designed over a ten-week period and involved a random sample of twenty male adolescent rugby r¡nion players of regional leveL They were zubsequently suMivided into two random sarrple gfoups, treatment group (n:10) and a control group (n:10). ,/ The'1rÁependent variables speed, agility and quickness which make up SAQ training were tested using a 30 metre sprint test to test speed, an Illinois agility run to test agility and a 5 metre reaction sprint to test quickness. The Wilcoxon Signed Ranks Test desþ was employed for statistical analysis of data to establish whether a significant difference had occurred in both groups, pre and post- testing. Results gained fromthe data revealed that both groups had made a significant increase in performance with a P-value set at P<0.05. This meant that there was no significant difference between the two groups. It was however possible to conclude from this study that though the null hypothesis had to be accepted, as there was no significant differences between the two groups, the individuals in the treatment group did show a slightly greater increase in performance.
BSc (Hons) Sport, PE and Recreation
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