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Effects of Two Types of Trunk Exercises on Balance and Athletic Performance in Youth Soccer Players

Authors:  Imai A,  Okubo Y,  Shiraki H

Many athletes perform trunk stabilization exercises (SE) and conventional trunk exercises (CE) to enhance trunk stability and strength. However, evidence regarding the specific training effects of SE and CE is lacking and there have been no studies for youth athletes. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to investigate the training effects of SE and CE on balance and athletic performance in youth soccer players. Results of this study suggested that the SE has specific training effects that enhance static and dynamic balance, Cooper’s test, and rebound jump.

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