The present study aim was to determine the role of balance training in improving technical soccer skills in young players. Two U11 soccer teams were randomly assigned one to either balance training (BT; n=22) or control group (Ctrl; n=21). At the end of their habitual soccer training (identical in BT and Ctrl), BT underwent additional balance training for 12 weeks (3sessions/week, 20 min per session), while Ctrl had a 20‐min scrimmage. Before and after the intervention, BT and Ctrl underwent two soccer‐specific tests (Loughborough Soccer Passing, LSPT, and Shooting, LSST, Tests), and bipedal and unipedal balance evaluations. After intervention, both groups decreased the trials time and improved passing accuracy, with larger improvements in BT than Ctrl [LSPT penalty time (CI95%): ‐2.20 s (‐2.72/‐1.68); ES (CI95%): ‐2.54 s (‐3.34/‐1.74)]. Both groups improved balance ability, with BT showing larger increments in bipedal tests than Ctrl [static balance: ‐29 mm (‐42/‐16); ES: ‐1.39 (‐2.05/‐0.72); limit of stability: 4% (3/5); ES 3.93 (2.90/4.95); unipedal quasi‐dynamic balance: 0.07 a.u. (0.03/0.11); ES: 1.04 (0.40/1.67) and active range of motion: ‐5% (‐8/‐2); ES ‐0.89 (‐1.51/‐0.26)]. Low‐to‐moderate correlations between the players’ technical level and unipedal balance ability were retrieved, particularly in the non‐dominant limb (R from 0.30 to 0.48). Balance training improved some technical soccer skills more than habitual soccer training alone, suggesting that young soccer players may benefit from additional balance training added to their traditional training.

Evidence of balance training‐induced improvement in soccer‐specific skills in U11 soccer players / E. Ce', S. Longo, E. Paleari, A. Riboli, E. Limonta, S. Rampichini, G. Coratella, F. Esposito. - In: SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF MEDICINE & SCIENCE IN SPORTS. - ISSN 0905-7188. - 28:11(2018 Nov), pp. 2443-2456. [10.1111/sms.13240]

Evidence of balance training‐induced improvement in soccer‐specific skills in U11 soccer players

E. Ce'
Primo
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S. Longo
Secondo
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A. Riboli;E. Limonta;S. Rampichini;G. Coratella
Penultimo
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F. Esposito
Ultimo
2018

Abstract

The present study aim was to determine the role of balance training in improving technical soccer skills in young players. Two U11 soccer teams were randomly assigned one to either balance training (BT; n=22) or control group (Ctrl; n=21). At the end of their habitual soccer training (identical in BT and Ctrl), BT underwent additional balance training for 12 weeks (3sessions/week, 20 min per session), while Ctrl had a 20‐min scrimmage. Before and after the intervention, BT and Ctrl underwent two soccer‐specific tests (Loughborough Soccer Passing, LSPT, and Shooting, LSST, Tests), and bipedal and unipedal balance evaluations. After intervention, both groups decreased the trials time and improved passing accuracy, with larger improvements in BT than Ctrl [LSPT penalty time (CI95%): ‐2.20 s (‐2.72/‐1.68); ES (CI95%): ‐2.54 s (‐3.34/‐1.74)]. Both groups improved balance ability, with BT showing larger increments in bipedal tests than Ctrl [static balance: ‐29 mm (‐42/‐16); ES: ‐1.39 (‐2.05/‐0.72); limit of stability: 4% (3/5); ES 3.93 (2.90/4.95); unipedal quasi‐dynamic balance: 0.07 a.u. (0.03/0.11); ES: 1.04 (0.40/1.67) and active range of motion: ‐5% (‐8/‐2); ES ‐0.89 (‐1.51/‐0.26)]. Low‐to‐moderate correlations between the players’ technical level and unipedal balance ability were retrieved, particularly in the non‐dominant limb (R from 0.30 to 0.48). Balance training improved some technical soccer skills more than habitual soccer training alone, suggesting that young soccer players may benefit from additional balance training added to their traditional training.
football; stability; unipedal stance test
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