The force-velocity profile as determinant of spike and serve ball speed in top-level male volleyball players.

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From: PLoS ONE(Vol. 16, Issue 4)
Publisher: Public Library of Science
Document Type: Article
Length: 5,805 words
Lexile Measure: 1580L

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Understanding the relationship between mechanical variables derived from actions such as jumping, sprinting, or ballistic bench press throwing and sport-specific performance moves is of scientific and practical interest for strength and conditioning coaches for improving training programs. We examined the association between mechanical variables derived from the force-velocity (FV) profiles of the aforementioned actions and spike and serve ball speeds in elite volleyball players. Twenty-two male elite volleyball players (age: 24.3 ± 4.5 years; height: 1.89 ± 0.06 m; body mass: 86.3 ± 8.6 kg) were tested in two sessions. Squatting, sprinting, and bench press throwing FV profiles were determined in the first session, while spike and serve ball speeds were assessed in the second session. The theoretical maximal force (F.sub.0) of vertical jumping, the theoretical maximal velocity of sprinting, and the F.sub.0 of bench press throwing in ascending order, were strongly associated (r.sub.s range 0.53-0.84; p

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