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Using Loaded and Unloaded Jumps to Increase Speed and Power Performance in Elite Young and Senior Soccer Players

Loturco, Irineu, PhD1; Pereira, Lucas A., MSc1; Kobal, Ronaldo, MSc1; Nakamura, Fábio Y., PhD1,2

Strength & Conditioning Journal: June 2018 - Volume 40 - Issue 3 - p 95–103
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000249
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ABSTRACT SPEED AND POWER ABILITIES ARE PROGRESSIVELY REQUIRED IN CONTEMPORARY SOCCER TO ENABLE PLAYERS TO FULFILL THE DEMANDS OF A COMPETITIVE MATCH. HOWEVER, THERE ARE LIMITED SCIENTIFICALLY BASED RECOMMENDATIONS RELATED TO TRAINING STRATEGIES ABLE TO IMPROVE THESE NEUROMUSCULAR CAPACITIES IN SOCCER ATHLETES. THIS ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS THE EVIDENCE AVAILABLE IN THE LITERATURE WHILE ALSO APPLYING IT TO STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROFESSIONALS WHO SEEK EFFECTIVE APPROACHES TO INCREASE SPRINT AND JUMP PERFORMANCES IN ELITE YOUNG AND SENIOR SOCCER PLAYERS.

1NAR—Nucleus of High Performance in Sport, São Paulo, Brazil; and

2Department of Physical Education, State University of Londrina, Londrina, Brazil

Address correspondence to Dr. Irineu Loturco, irineu.loturco@terra.com.br.

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

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Irineu Loturcois the Director of Sport Science and Research Leader at Nucleus of High Performance in Sport (NAR).

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Lucas A. Pereirais an Athlete Performance Analyst and researcher at Nucleus of High Performance in Sport (NAR).

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Ronaldo Kobalis an Athlete Performance Analyst and researcher at Nucleus of High Performance in Sport (NAR).

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Fabio Y. Nakamurais a Senior Physiologist and researcher at Nucleus of High Performance in Sport (NAR).

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