1Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Faculty of Sport Science, Department of Corrective Exercises and Sports Injuries, Kerman, Iran
2University of Zabol, Faculty of Literature and Humanities, Department of Physical Education and Sport Science, Zabol, Sistan & Baluchestan, Iran
3Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Faculty of Sport Science, Department of Sport Biomechanics, Kerman, Iran
Effect of the FIFA 11+ Programme on Vertical Jump Performance in Elite Male Youth Soccer Players
Despite the success of the FIFA 11+ programme in preventing injury, convincing coaches and players to do these exercises is difficult only in order to prevent injury, unless the programme can be shown to have a positive and direct impact on the performance. This study aims to investigate the effect of the FIFA 11+ programme on vertical jump performance in male elite-youth soccer players. Twenty-four male soccer players (mean ± SD: age = 16.79 ± 1.18 years, height = 174.17 ± 8.12 cm, mass = 62.45 ± 10.01 kg, experience = 6.96 ± 1.26 years) participated in this study and were randomly divided equally into two groups, FIFA 11+ and control. The experimental group performed the FIFA 11+ programme three times per week for eight weeks whereas the control group just performed their regular warm-up programme. The mixed-repeated measures ANOVA showed that there was a significant improvement in the vertical jump performance between groups in post-test (P=0.002) while no significant improvement was found between groups after 1-month of stopping the FIFA 11+ programme (P=0.076). It can be concluded that performing the eight-week FIFA 11+ programme can enhance the jump height in male elite youth soccer players. It seems that the FIFA 11+ programme could be incorporated into regular soccer practice as a warm-up programme instead of a conventional warm-up programme. However, due to the failure to maintain the long-term effectiveness of the FIFA 11+ programme on the jump height of soccer players, the continuation of performing this programme is necessary.
Vertical jump height, Performance, Soccer, The FIFA 11+
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