Author DiPasquale, Angela Ann
Title The effects of a plyometric training program on the neuromuscular characteristics of female athletes
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Descript 68 p
Note Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 42-02, page: 0582
Adviser: Kavin K. W. Tsang
Thesis (M.S.)--Michigan State University, 2003
Research on the recent popularity and increase in participants in female athletics has shown that there are a greater number of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears that females sustain in comparison to the number of ACL tears suffered by males. Prevention programs are now being implemented in high school and college athletics to attempt to reduce the occurrence of ACL injuries
Twenty-five college-age female participants (height = 66.02, weight = 132.92, age = 20.32) volunteered as participants. Eleven females were selected to the plyometric training program, while fourteen were used as control subjects. The training program consisted of a variety of plyometric exercises, that were performed for 45 to 60 minutes, 3 days a week, on alternating days, for 6 weeks under the supervision of the investigator. Four testing sessions were held: one prior to the start of the study, and one after weeks two, four and six of the training program. The testing sessions measured the subject's postural control, and hamstring and quadriceps strength
A repeated measure ANOVA revealed significant interactions for average power and peak torque during concentric flexion at the speed of 120°/sec. However, no statistical significance was found for the postural control or other strength variables. The increased hamstring strength shows that plyometric training may be a good prevention program for young females to utilize to aide in the reduction in the number of ACL tears sustained by female athletes
School code: 0128
Host Item Masters Abstracts International 42-02
Subject Health Sciences, Recreation
Education, Physical
Alt Author Michigan State University