Explosive strength training improves speed and agility in wheelchair basketball athletes

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Ozmen,Tarik ; Yuktasir,Bekir ; Yildirim,Necmiye Un ; Yalcin,Birol ; Willems,Mark ET (2014)
  • Publisher: Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina do Exercício e do Esporte
  • Journal: (issn: 1806-9940)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1590/1517-86922014200201568
  • Subject: entrenamiento de fuerza | strength training | agilidad | Sports medicine | RC1200-1245 | agility | wheelchair basketball | básquetbol | velocidad | speed

INTRODUCTION: Wheelchair basketball is a paralympic sport characterized by intermittent high-intensity activities that require explosive strength and speed. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of explosive strength training on speed and agility performance in wheelchair basketball players. METHODS: Ten male wheelchair basketball players (Mage=31±4 yrs) were divided into two groups [i.e. explosive strength training (ES); control (CN)] based on International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) classification scores. The ES group underwent 6-weeks of training, twice weekly, at 50% 1RM, 10-12 repetitions and 3-4 sets in addition to routine training. Effects of training were measured by the 20 m sprint test and Illinois agility test. RESULTS: The ES group, showed significantly higher increases in speed and agility performance (p ≤ .05). CONCLUSION: A short-duration (i.e. 6-week) explosive strength training programme in wheelchair basketball athletes results in significant improvements in sprint and agility performance.