Effects of plyometric compared to high-intensity interval training on youth female basketball player’s athletic performance

Amir Hossein Haghighi, Soosan Bigom Hosseini, Roya Askari, Hadi Shahrabadi, Rodrigo Ramirez-Campillo

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Abstract

Purpose: To improve basketball players’ athletic performance, effective and optimal training programs are needed. The study aim was to compare the effects of 6 weeks of plyometric training (PT) to high-intensity interval training (HIIT) on youth female basketball player’s athletic performance. Methods: The athletes were randomly divided into PT (n = 8), HIIT (n = 8), and control (n = 8) group. The two experimental groups participated separately in a PT and HIIT program during 6 weeks and 2 sessions of 30–60 min per week. Before and after the intervention the athletes were assessed for 20-m sprint (s), jump-specific power (W), medicine ball throw for distance (m), change of direction sprint ability (s), basketball-specific anaerobic power (W), basketball-specific performance (s), basketball dribble sprint skill (s), basketball pass skill (points), and basketball shot skill (points). Results: The between-group analyses revealed similar improvements in dependent variables between PT and HIIT groups. However, the PT and HIIT groups had greater (p ≤ 0.001–0.009, pη 2 = 0.372–0.555) improvements compared to the control group for 20-m sprint, jump-specific power, basketball-specific performance, basketball dribble sprint skill with right hand, and basketball dribble sprint skill with left hand, and near-significant (p = 0.054–0.060, pη 2 = 0.246–0.254) for the outcomes basketball-specific anaerobic power, medicine ball throw for distance, and basketball shot skill. Conclusion: Compared to regular basketball training, both PT and HIIT improved youth female basketball player’s athletic performance.

Original languageEnglish
JournalSport Sciences for Health
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2023

Keywords

  • Physical fitness
  • Plyometric
  • Resistance
  • Skill performance
  • Youth sports

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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