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Balance training programs for soccer injuries prevention

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Author(s): ASIMENIA GIOFTSIDOU | PARASKEVI MALLIOU | GEORGIOS PAFIS | ANASTASIA BENEKA | KYRIAKOS TSAPRALIS | POLINA SOFOKLEOUS | OLGA KOULI | STELLA ROKA | GEORGIOS GODOLIAS

Journal: Journal of Human Sport and Exercise
ISSN 1988-5202

Volume: 7;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 639;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: SOCCER PLAYERS | PROPRIOCEPTION | FREQUENCY OF BALANCE TRAINING.

ABSTRACT
The purpose of the study was to compare 2 different balance training programs, based on distinct exercise frequencies, with the aim of improving proprioceptive ability. Thirty eight professional soccer players, were randomly assigned into 3 groups: the A group, exercised with a frequency of 6 times per week, for 3 weeks, the B group exercised with a frequency of 3 times per week, for 6 weeks and the C group (control) did not follow a highly specific balance training, but only a standard soccer training. All participants were evaluated with the use of an electronic stability system (indices-deviations) and of a wooden balance board (time on balance) before (pre test) and after the training period (post test). Analyses of variance (ANOVAs), with repeated measures on the last factor, were conducted to determine effect of training programs and measures (pre-test, post-test) on balance test indices (SI, API, and MLI) and time on balance board. The results showed that both training groups improved their balance ability similarly (p
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