A Comparative Study of Sports-specific Balance Training versus Plyometric Balance Training

  • Pooja Ramalinga Undergraduate Student, Dr MGR Educational and Research Institute, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
  • Sudhakar Assistant Professor, Faculty of Physiotherapy, Dr MGR Educational and Research Institute, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
  • KC Gayathri Assistant Professor, UCA College of Physiotherapy, Chetpet, Tamil Nadu, India. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9833-8290
  • VP Lakshmikanth Associate Professor, JDT Islam College of Physiotherapy, Kozhikode, Kerala, India.
  • Dipak Sharma Assistant Professor, Faculty of Physiotherapy, Kaziranga University, Assam, India.
Keywords: Football Players, Triple Hop Test, Stork Balance Test, Modified Star Excursion Balance Test (MSEBT), Plyometric Balance Training, Sports Specific Balance Training


Introduction: Football is a sport that involves running as the foremost
part in which the lower limb plays a vital role in participation. Balance
training is vital to athletic performance and should be integrated into
an athlete’s daily training. Plyometric represents the performance of
stretch-shortening cycle (SSC) activities that involve a high-intensity
eccentric contraction straightaway after a rapid and powerful concentric
Method: It is an experimental study with 30 college male football players
in the age group of 18-25 years. Based on inclusion and exclusion criteria,
they were divided into 2 groups. Group A consisted of 15 individuals
who were trained with sports-specific balance training programmes.
Group B consisted of 15 individuals who were trained with plyometric
balance training. The individuals were trained for 4 weeks with 3 sessions
per week (12 sessions). The pre-test and post-test measurements were
measured using the triple hop test, stork balance test, and modified
star excursion balance test (MSEBT).
Results: Pre-test and post-test results of both groups were compared.
The results showed a highly significant difference in mean values at
p ≤ 0.001.
Conclusion: 4 weeks of sports-specific balance training and plyometric
balance training showed significant improvement in lower limb muscle
strength in collegiate football players.

How to cite this article:
Pooja R, Sudhakar, Gayathri KC, Lakshmikanth
VP, Sharma D. A Comparative Study of Sportsspecific
Balance Training versus Plyometric
Balance Training. Chettinad Health City Med J.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.24321/2278.2044.202202


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