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▸ Johnson BA, Salzberg CL, Stevenson DA. A systematic review: plyometric training programs for young children. J Strength Cond Res 2011;25:2623–33.
Children with low motor competence have lower levels of physical fitness, perform less physical activity and participate in fewer organised recreational and play activities.1 Plyometric exercise can potentially enhance a child's speed of movement, running speed, power production and jumping ability. However, it is unclear whether plyometric training can be a safe and effective way to progress exercise load in young children.
To evaluate the efficacy and safety of plyometric training for improving motor performance in young children and to determine whether plyometric training could be used to improve the strength, running speed, agility and jumping ability of children with low motor competence.
Searches and inclusion criteria
Four electronic databases (CINAHL, HealthSource, MEDLINE and SportDisc) were searched up to March 2010 for articles describing plyometrics training programmes for children. An initial search for literature using plyometric training in children with low motor proficiency, low motor …
Competing interests None.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.