INFLUENCE OF A SEASON OF ATHLETIC TRAINING ON LEG AND JOINT STIFFNESS IN HIGH LEVEL NETBALLERS

  • Emma Millett
  • Mark Moresi
  • Mark Watsford
  • Paul Taylor
  • David Greene
Keywords: leg stiffness, athletes, netball, training

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to ascertain the impact of a season of training on lower limb stiffness, joint stiffness and the contributing mechanisms during basic jumping and sports specific tasks. Eleven high level female netballers completed a maximal countermovement jump (basic), 50 m sprint and change of direction cutting task (sports specific) prior to and following a competition/training season. Student paired t-tests or their non-parametric equivalent identified no pre-post season stiffness changes, however stiffness mechanism changes during sports specific tasks did occur.
Published
2014-10-06
Section
Coaching and Sports Activities