RELATIONSHIP OF LEG STIFFNESS MEASURES DURING BASIC AND SPORTS SPECIFIC MOVEMENT TASKS IN HIGH LEVEL NETBALLERS

  • Emma Millett
  • Mark Moresi
  • Mark Watsford
  • Paul Taylor
  • David Greene
Keywords: leg stiffness, netball, jumping, sprinting, agility

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between lower extremity leg stiffness measures during basic jumping and sports specific movement tasks. Twelve high level female netballers preformed five trials of a maximal countermovement jump (basic), 50 m sprint and change of direction cutting task (sports specific). Data was obtained using a 10 camera Vicon system and AMTI force plate. A one-way repeated measures (ANOVA) indicated significant differences in leg stiffness during basic and sports specific tasks. Pearson correlations revealed no relationships between basic and sports specific tasks. The results suggest that relevant sports specific movements may be more appropriate to assess leg stiffness when screening athletes.
Published
2013-08-29
Section
Coaching and Sports Activities