THE EFFECT OF REACHING TO AN OVERHEAD GOAL WHILE PERFORMING THE COUNTERMOVEMENT JUMP

  • T. VanderZanden
  • B. Wurm
  • J. Durocher
  • C. Bickham
  • E. Petushek
  • E. Ebben
Keywords: plyometrics, effort, intensity, external focus

Abstract

One potentially simple way to maximize jumping effort and thus intensity is to have athletes jump to and attempt to touch challenging overhead goals during training. The purpose of this study was to compare the effect of jumping with and without the use of an overhead goal. Subjects performed 3 countermovement jumps in conditions with and without an overhead goal. Jump performance was evaluated using a force platform to determine peak ground reaction force, time to takeoff, power, and jump height. Data were evaluated with a two way ANOVA with results demonstrating no significant (p > 0.05) difference between goal conditions for any of the variables assessed and no interaction between goal condition and gender (p > 0.05).
Section
Coaching and Sports Activities