The effects of Plyometric training on Running Economy and performance among middle distance university athletes
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The aim of this study was to ascertain the effect of a six week plyometric training program on the RE and 3000 meter time of a group university of middle distance athletes. Eight club level middle distance university athletes completed a twelve minute sub maximal test on a treadmill and a 3000 meter maximum effort run. The treadmill test was completed at velocities of 12, 14 and 16kmph (each for four minutes). Oxygen uptake was recorded and their running economy was calculated for each velocity. The 3000 meter run took place on a 400 meter outdoor running track. Four of the participants (experimental group) then completed a six week plyometric training program alongside their usual training while the remaining four (control group) carried on with their normal training. After the six weeks all participants repeated the tests. A paired t-test was conducted on the results and it was found that the plyometric training only had a significant effect on the RE of the participants who completed the training at 12kmph (p=0.004) and had no effect at all on their 3000 meter time. It was found that six weeks of plyometric training had no significant effect on the RE or 3000 meter time of middle distance athletes.
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