Effects of strength training on jump performance and bilateral deficit in Premier League academy soccer players

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Chris Bishop with Will Abbott, Callum Brashill, Paul Read, Irineu Loturco, Marco Beato, Anthony Turner

The aim of this study was to determine the effects of pre-season strength training on bilateral and unilateral jump performance and the bilateral deficit (BLD) in Premier League academy soccer players. Fourteen male academy players (age: 16.36 ± 0.50 years; body mass: 73.45 ± 8.43 kg; height: 1.80 ± 0.09 m) performed one upper body and one lower body strength session per week, for eight weeks. Bilateral and unilateral countermovement jumps (CMJ) were assessed pre and post-intervention with jump height, mean force, reactive strength index modified (RSI-Mod) and time to take-off reported for each test. In addition, the BLD was also computed for each metric.


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