Development of Repeated Sprint Ability in Talented Youth Basketball Players

Sanne C. M. te Wierike*, Mark C. de Jong, Eveline J. Y. Tromp, Pieter J. Vuijk, Koen A. P. M. Lemmink, Robert M. Malina, Marije T. Elferink-Gemser, Chris Visscher

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Abstract

te Wierike, SCM, de Jong, MC, Tromp, EJY, Vuijk, PJ, Lemmink, KAPM, Malina, RM, Elferink-Gemser, MT, and Visscher, C. Development of repeated sprint ability in talented youth basketball players. J Strength Cond Res 28(4): 928-934, 2014-Factors affecting repeated sprint ability (RSA) were evaluated in a mixed-longitudinal sample of 48 elite basketball players 14-19 years of age (16.1 +/- 1.7 years). Players were observed on 6 occasions during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons. Three following basketball-specific field tests were administered on each occasion: the shuttle sprint test for RSA, the vertical jump for lower body explosive strength (power), and the interval shuttle run test for interval endurance capacity. Height and weight were measured; body composition was estimated (percent fat, lean body mass). Multilevel modeling of RSA development curve was used with 32 players (16.0 +/- 1.7 years) who had 2 or more observations. The 16 players (16.1 +/- 1.8 years) measured on only 1 occasion were used as a control group to evaluate the appropriateness of the model. Age, lower body explosive strength, and interval endurance capacity significantly contributed to RSA (p = 0.05). The results suggest a potentially important role for the training of lower body explosive strength and interval endurance capacity in the development of RSA among youth basketball players. Age-specific reference values for RSA of youth players may assist basketball coaches in setting appropriate goals for individual players.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)928-934
Number of pages7
JournalJOURNAL OF STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING RESEARCH
Volume28
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr-2014

Keywords

  • high intensity
  • intermittent
  • interval
  • adolescence
  • athletes
  • FIELD HOCKEY PLAYERS
  • PHYSIOLOGICAL-RESPONSES
  • FOOTBALL PLAYERS
  • DIFFERENT AGES
  • AEROBIC POWER
  • MATURATION
  • RELIABILITY
  • PERFORMANCE
  • COMPETITION
  • STRENGTH

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