Yared Abebe Woldemariam
The aim of this study is to examine the effect of resistance training on speed, agility and power of football players. All off thirty two (32) soccer players who was the only football players at Mekane Selam football club were conveniently selected and participated voluntarily in the research. Among those half of them were randomly selected as EG which specially prepared resistance training was applied and the rest were CG. Weight and height averages of EG and CG were similar which is 59.45 Kg and 59.96 Kg in weight and 1.75m and 1.76m in height respectively. Before training, PT of two groups of sixteen (16) players (30MAT and 60MST for speed test, Zig-Zag Test and IAT for agility test and PMT and SJT for power test) were recorded. The resistance training were implemented on the EG three time a week, 45 to 60 min a day. After two months, posttest measurement on the same parameters was taken. The difference between the tests were analyzed statistically, with paired sample “t” test at p<0.05 Consequently it was observed that resistance training implemented on Mekane Selam football players brought about significant improvements between pre and post test results of speed, in which duration to complete 30MAT and 60MST was decreased by a mean difference of 0.7875 seconds at P=.000 and 1.5500seconds at P=.000. Agility in which zig-zag test and IAT result was decreased by a mean difference of 1.6875 seconds at P=.000 and 2.1250 seconds at P=.000 respectively. And power, in which PMT and SJT test result were increased by a mean difference of -.09563 second at P=.000 and -15.25000 cm at P=.000 respectively. As result the investigator recommended that adding resistance training on their soccer training program helps to improve players speed, agility and power.
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