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100 1  DiPasquale, Angela Ann 
245 14 The effects of a plyometric training program on the 
       neuromuscular characteristics of female athletes 
300    68 p 
500    Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 42-02, 
       page: 0582 
500    Adviser:  Kavin K. W. Tsang 
502    Thesis (M.S.)--Michigan State University, 2003 
520    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 
520    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 
520    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 
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650  4 Education, Physical 
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