The effect of the NetballSmart Dynamic Warm-up on physical performance in youth netball players.

Affiliation

Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand, School of Sport and Recreation, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand. Electronic address: [Email]

Abstract

OBJECTIVE : To investigate the efficacy of the NetballSmart Dynamic Warm-up in improving physical performance measures in New Zealand secondary school netball players.
METHODS : Cluster randomised controlled trial.
METHODS : A seven-week intervention study in secondary school netball.
METHODS : 81 youth netball players (Intervention group, n = 45; Control group, n = 36).
METHODS : Performance measures included prone hold, change of direction, sprint, vertical and horizontal jump, Y-balance and time-to-stabilisation. Mixed effects models and t-tests were used to determine significant differences of pre and post measures between groups.
RESULTS : Significant improvements in prone hold (β = 20.46 s; p = 0.01) and vertical jump (β = 6.73 cm; p = 0.01) were found in the intervention group compared to the control group, while horizontal jump was found to significantly decrease (β = -9.86 cm; p = 0.03) in comparison to the control group.
CONCLUSIONS : The results of this study show the NetballSmart Dynamic Warm-up can improve some physical performance measures in youth netball players. It is recommended that coaches should consider implementing the warm-up in their netball programmes.

Keywords

Adolescent,Netball,Neuromuscular warm-up,Women's sport,

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