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A cross-sectional lower-body power profile of elite and sub-elite Australian football players.
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PMID:  23302748     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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ABSTRACT: Australian football (AF) is a sport which requires a vast array of physiological qualities, including high levels of strength and power. However, the power characteristics of AF players, particularly at the sub-elite level have not been extensively studied with further investigation warranted to understand the power capabilities and training requirements of elite and sub-elite AF groups. Therefore, the aim of this investigation was to develop a lower-body power profile of elite and sub-elite AF players. Eighteen elite and twelve sub-elite AF players completed a one repetition maximum (1RM) squat test to determine maximal lower-body strength, and counter-movement jump (CMJ) and squat jump (SJ) testing in order to assess lower-body muscular power performance. Maximal lower-body strength was not statistically different between groups (p > 0.05). Elite players produced greater levels of peak power for CMJ at loads of 0%, 30% (p < 0.05) and 40% (p < 0.01) of 1RM in comparison to sub-elite players. Squat jump peak power was statistically different between groups at 0%, 20%, 30%, and 40% (p < 0.01) of 1RM; with elite players producing greater power than their sub-elite counterparts at all measured loads for SJ. Findings from this investigation demonstrate that elite AF players are able to generate greater levels of lower-body power than sub-elite AF players, despite no significant differences existing in maximal lower-body strength or body mass. As lower-body power levels clearly differentiate elite and sub-elite AF players, emphasis may be placed on improving the power levels of sub-elite players, particularly those aspiring to reach the elite level.
Authors:
Johnpaul Caia; Tim L A Doyle; Amanda C Benson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-8
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of strength and conditioning research / National Strength & Conditioning Association     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1533-4287     ISO Abbreviation:  J Strength Cond Res     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-1-10     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9415084     Medline TA:  J Strength Cond Res     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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1 Discipline of Exercise Sciences, School of Medical Sciences, RMIT University, Bundoora, Victoria, Australia 2 TLAD Solutions, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
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