Effects of plyometric jump training in female soccer player’s vertical jump height: A systematic review with meta-analysis

Rodrigo Ramirez-Campillo, Javier Sanchez-Sanchez, Blanca Romero-Moraleda, Javier Yanci, Antonio García-Hermoso, Filipe Manuel Clemente

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Abstract

To assess the effects of plyometric jump training (PJT) in female soccer player’s vertical jump height, a review was conducted using the data sources PubMed, MEDLINE, Web Of Science and SCOPUS. Only peer-review articles were included. To qualify for inclusion in the meta-analysis, studies must have included (i) a PJT programme of at least 2 weeks, (ii) cohorts of healthy female soccer players with no restriction for age, (iii) a control group, (iv) a measure of countermovement jump (CMJ). The inverse variance random-effects model for meta-analyses was used. From 7,136 records initially identified through database searching, 8 were eligible for meta-analysis, comprising 9 training groups (n = 99) and 9 control groups (n = 94). The magnitude of the main effect was moderate (ES = 1.01 [95%CI = 0.36–1.66], Z = 3.04, p = 0.002). Sub-group analyses were performed (i.e., PJT frequency, duration and total number of sessions), revealing no significant subgroup differences (p = 0.34–0.96). Among the studies included in this review, none reported injury or other adverse effects. In conclusion, PJT is effective in female soccer players for the improvement of vertical jump height. In future, research must identify specific dose–response relationships following PJT, particularly in the long term.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1475-1487
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Sports Sciences
Volume38
Issue number13
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • football
  • Human physical conditioning
  • plyometric exercise
  • resistance training
  • women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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