Diallo, O., Dore, E., & Van Praagh, E. (2000). Effects of jump training and detraining on athletic performance in prepubescent boys. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 32(5), Supplement abstract 1365.

Young male soccer players (N = 20; 12-13 yr) were divided into two groups; jump training and control. Jump training consisted of specific plyometric training (jumping, hurdling, skipping), three times per week for 10 weeks.

Plyometrics improved the squat jump, countermovement jump, repeated rebound jump, and standing long jump but not the drop jump in the experimental group.

Implication. A varied plyometric training program improves jumping performance in boys.

[This work was later published as: Diallo, O., Dore, E., Duche, P., & Van Praagh, E. (2001). Effects of plyometric training followed by a reduced training programme on physical performance in prepubescent soccer players. The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, 41, 342-348.]

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