A comparative study of effect of sand and land plyometric training on speed and explosive power among basketball players
Author(s): Dr. Shrikant S Mankar
Abstract: The aim of the present study was to compare the effects of 2 different training protocols—Sand and Land Plyometric training on vertical jump and speed among basketball players. Thirty- subjects were randomly assigned between 18 and 21 years of age volunteered as participants to 1 of 3 groups: Sand Plyometric training group (n = 10), Land Plyometric training group (n = 10), and control group (n = 10). 12 weeks of training, 3 days a week was employed on the subjects and Pre & post test on vertical jump and speed was administered. Data were analyzed by analysis of co-variance (ANCOVA). Schiff’s test was used as a post hoc test to determine which of the paired mean differ significantly. Results showed that all training treatments elicited significant (p < 0.05) improvement in all tested variables. However, the Sand Plyometric training group produced improvements in vertical jump performance and leg strength that were significantly greater performance in compare with the land and control group. This study provides support for the use of a traditional and plyometric drills to improve vertical jumping ability and explosive performance in general.