TRAINING IS NECESSARY TO IMPROVE IN COMPETITIONS
Greer, N., Serfass, R., & Picconatto, W. (1992). The effects of a hockey-specific training program on performance of bantam players. Canadian Journal of Sport Science, 17, 65-69.
The effects of a seven-week hockey-specific training program on the on- and off-ice performance tests of 14-15 yr hockey players were evaluated. A training plus competition group (N = 16) and a competition alone group (N = 12) were formed.
The training group improved significantly in percent body fat, top speed, acceleration, and cornering test performance whereas only percent body fat improved for the control group.
Implication. To improve in competitions, training is necessary. Competitions alone produce little, if any, benefit in sport competency. Competition improvements or non-improvements indicate the effectiveness and value of training.
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