Are plyometric push-ups a reliable power assessment tool?

Hogarth, Luke, Deakin, Glen, and Sinclair, Wade (2013) Are plyometric push-ups a reliable power assessment tool? Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning, 21 (Supplement 1). pp. 67-69.

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Upper body power output is a key aspect of athletic ability and sporting performance. As a consequence, empirical-based research has aimed to identify the most effective and efficient ways to develop muscular power. However, identifying the effectiveness of an acute training stimulus or long-term training regime in developing muscular power requires accurate and valid measures of muscular power itself. Furthermore, tests of upper body power output may prove beneficial for talent identification and fatigue monitoring purposes. Therefore identifying reliable and valid means of assessing upper body power output is essential to both the research and coaching community.

Force platforms have been proposed as effective and reliable tools to assess both upper and lower body power output. The majority of research has investigated the efficacy of force-time derived performance measures of lower body power output during exercises such as the countermovement jump (3-5, 8-9, 12). Despite upper body muscular power being a key aspect of athletic performance, few research studies have investigated the reliability of using force platforms to assess upper body power output (6, 7). Furthermore, the reliability of using force platforms to assess measures of upper body power output in elite and sub-elite sporting populations is yet to be investigated.

The purpose of this study is to investigate the test-retest reliability of force platform derived measures of maximum effort plyometric push-up performance in sub-elite rugby league players. It is anticipated that this study will provide researchers and coaches with a valid and reliable assessment of functional upper body power output for professional sporting populations.

Item ID: 26867
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1836-649X
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Presented at 2013 ASCA International Conference on Applied Strength & Conditioning

Date Deposited: 09 May 2013 22:37
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110601 Biomechanics @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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