"BALLISTIC SIX" UPPER-EXTREMITY PLYOMETRIC TRAINING FOR THE PEDIATRIC VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS


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TURGUT E., Cinar-Medeni O., ÇOLAKOĞLU F. F. , Baltaci G.

JOURNAL OF STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING RESEARCH, vol.33, no.5, pp.1305-1310, 2019 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 33 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1519/jsc.0000000000002060
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING RESEARCH
  • Page Numbers: pp.1305-1310

Abstract

The Ballistic Six exercise program includes commonly used upper-body exercises, and the program is recommended for overhead throwing athletes. The purpose of the current study was to investigate the effects of a 12-week the Ballistic Six upper-extremity plyometric training program on upper-body explosive power, endurance, and reaction time in pediatric overhead athletes. Twenty-eight female pediatric volleyball players participated in the study. The participants were randomly divided into 2 study groups: an intervention group (upper-extremity plyometric training in addition to the volleyball training; n = 14) and a control group (the volleyball training only; n = 14). All the participants were assessed before and after a 12-week training program for upper-body power, strength and endurance, and reaction time. Statistical comparison was performed using an analysis of variance test. Comparisons showed that after a 12-week training program, the Ballistic Six upper-body plyometric training program resulted in more improvements in an overhead medicine ball throwing distance and a push-up performance, as well as greater improvements in the reaction time in the nonthrowing arm when compared with control training. In addition, a 12-week training program was found to be effective in achieving improvements in the reaction time in the throwing arm for both groups similarly. Compared with regular training, upper-body plyometric training resulted in additional improvements in upper-body power and strength and endurance among pediatric volleyball players. The findings of the study provide a basis for developing training protocols for pediatric volleyball players.