STP1446: The Effects of an Upper-Body Plyometrics Program on Male University Hockey Players

    Fergenbaum, MA
    Ph.D. Candidate, School of Rehabilitation, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario

    Marino, GW
    Professor, Faculty of Human Kinetics, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario

    Pages: 15    Published: Jan 2004


    The relationship between plyometrics training, upper-body isometric strength, stick velocity and puck velocity for the slap shot was examined for male university hockey players over 10 weeks. Twenty-one volunteers were divided into either an experimental or a control group. The experimental (plyometrics) group was pre- and post-tested for upper-body isometric strength and slap shot puck and stick velocity. Results showed that puck velocity increased (p<0.05) from pre- to post-testing, with no differences between groups. Stick velocity increased 13% (p<0.05) for the experimental group at post-testing. No significant correlations were found between isometric strength, stick velocity and puck velocity; however, a positive correlation was found between changes in stick velocity (off-ice) and changes in puck velocity (on-ice). Results suggest that plyometrics may improve ballistic coordination between the upper and lower limbs in as little as 6 ± 2 sessions.


    plyometrics, isometric strength, slap shot, stick velocity, puck velocity, hockey training

    Paper ID: STP11620S

    Committee/Subcommittee: F08.98

    DOI: 10.1520/STP11620S

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