The effect of core training on physical performance in amateur footballers
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Keywords:Core training, physical performance, amateur footballer
The aim of the study was to investigate the effects of core training on physical performance in amateur footballers. The study consisted of the experimental (core group, mean age: 20.15±1.46 years, N=20) and control group (age=mean age: 19.70±1.45 years, N=20). The experimental group trained for 6 weeks, 3 sessions a week. While the core group did core training added to soccer training, the control group only did soccer training. With the pretest-posttest model, Body mass index (BMI), vertical jump (VJ), standing long jump, 5m-10m speed, Y-balance, and Pro-agility tests were measured. SPSS v 26,0 software was used for data analysis. Arithmetic mean and standard deviation analyzes were used for descriptive values, and the percentage of change between the groups' pre-test and post-tests was calculated to compare the performances, and comparisons were made with the independent group T-test. While there was no significant difference in VJ and agility performances between the groups (p>0.05), BMI, standing long jump, 5m-10m sprint, and Y-balance tests showed significant improvement in the core group compared to the control group. (p<0,05). It can be said that core training added to football training improves balance, standing long jump, and 5m-10m sprint performance, and increases physical performance in athletes.
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