Selective influences of maximum dynamic strength and bar-power output on team sports performance: a comprehensive study of four different disciplines

Loturco, Irineu, Suchomel, Timothy, James, Lachlan P., Bishop, Chris ORCID logoORCID:, Abad, César C. C., Pereira, Lucas A. and McGuigan, Michael R. (2018) Selective influences of maximum dynamic strength and bar-power output on team sports performance: a comprehensive study of four different disciplines. Frontiers in Physiology, 9 . p. 1820. ISSN 1664-042X [Article] (doi:10.3389/fphys.2018.01820)

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This study examined the selective influences of one-repetition maximum (1RM) values [assessed in the half-squat (HS)] and bar-power production [assessed in both HS and jump squat (JS) exercises] on the physical performance of male and female team sport athletes from four different sports. Three-hundred and three elite players (31 Olympians) from four different disciplines (47 male soccer players, 58 female soccer players, 28 male handball players, 58 female handball players, 49 male rugby players, and 63 male futsal players) participated in this study. The physical tests were performed over 2 consecutive days for soccer and rugby players, and in 1 day for the remaining athletes. On the first day, rugby and soccer athletes performed squat jumps (SJ), countermovement jumps (CMJ), and HS 1RM. On the second day, they executed HS and JS tests (to assess the maximum bar-power output) and the linear and change-of-direction (COD) speed tests. For the other players, the sequence of the measurements was the same; however, they did not perform the HS exercise. Athletes were separated, using a median split analysis, into two distinct groups, according to their bar-power output in both JS and HS exercises and their performance in HS 1RM. The magnitude-based inferences method was used to examine the differences between “higher” and “lower” performance groups. Overall, the bar-power outputs were better connected to improved acceleration, speed, and jump performance than the 1RM measures. From these findings, it is possible to infer that players able to produce higher bar-power outputs are likely to sprint faster and jump higher. Therefore, coaches involved in team sports are strongly encouraged to use the bar-power method to evaluate the athletic performance of their players.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Article number = 1820.
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** History: collection 2018;
received 26-09-2018;
accepted 05-12-2018;
epub 17-12-2018.
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Keywords (uncontrolled): Physiology, muscle power, optimal loads, straight speed, sprinting, explosiveness
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > London Sport Institute
Item ID: 25892
Notes on copyright: Copyright © 2018 Loturco, Suchomel, James, Bishop, Abad, Pereira and McGuigan. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
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