Effects of different half-time strategies on second half soccer-specific speed, power and dynamic strength
The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of a soccer-specific re-warm-up and acute intermittent Power Plate® exercise during half time on both explosive physical performance and physiological responses during a simulated game. 10 semi-professional soccer players participated in this study. Sprint times significantly increased (i.e. they became slower) from the end of the first half to the start of the second in the control group, but not in the Power Plate group and intermittent agility exercise group (IAE). Immediately after the half time period countermovement jump height was significantly lower in the control group, compared with the Power Plate and IAE group. The hamstring injury risk also was reduced after Power Plate intervention during half time.Conclusion:
Power Plate intervention can be an appropriate re-warm-up intervention for soccer players, especially as other re-warm-up regimens are prohibited (e.g. doing a warm-up on the field).
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Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports. 2011 Authors: R. Lovell, A. Midgley, S. Barrett, D. Carter, K. Small Affiliations: Department of Sport, Health and Exercise Science, University of Hull, Hull, UK, Quality Group of Sport & Physical Activity, University of Cumbria, Lancaster, UK