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Purpose : To determine the effect of supplemented multi-directional sprints training on agility in elite youth female hockey players
Methods : Twenty-four female students from the Chonburi Sports School, aged 17-18 years, were recruited. Players were randomly divided into two groups : a supplemented multi-directional sprints training group (n = 12) and a control group (n = 12). The supplemented multi-directional sprints training group trained 3 rounds/day, 3 days per week over a period of 6 weeks. The general physical characteristics, illinois agility test, pro-agility test, 20 m sprint test and repeated sprint ability (RSA) test were measured before and after training. Dependent variables were analyzed using pair t-test and unpaired t-test. A significance level was accepted at p-value <0.05.
Results : After 6 weeks of traning the mean value of illinois agility test, pro-agility test, 20 m sprint test and repeated sprint ability (RSA) test of the supplemented multi-directional sprints training group were significantly decreased (p<0.05) when compared with pre-test. In control group, the mean values of 20 m sprint test was significantly decreased (p<0.05) compared with prior training. However, there was no significant difference (p>0.05) on illinois agility test, pro-agility test, and repeated sprint ability (RSA) test when compared with pre-test.
Conclusion : The supplemented multidirectional sprints training program had a benefit on agility and change of direction in elite youth female hockey players.
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