LBVC Research Study: AMP PERFORMANCE TREATMENTS ON ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE TESTING

Abstract

This study seeks to examine the effects that AMP Sports Performance Treatments had on volleyball athletes performance testing. Both test subjects were from Laguna Beach Volleyball Club and played for the 16U age group. Each of these athletes began treatment 3 weeks prior to to the peak of their season, Junior Olympics, in Indianapolis. Athletic performance tests included: Standing Vertical Jump, Three Step-Approach Vertical Jump, T-Agility Drill (5,5,5), Five Yard Sprint, Ten Yard Sprint and Fifteen Yard Sprint. The hypothesis for this study was that both athletes would either sustain or improve in their performance testing numbers as a result of athletically peaking during the most critical part of their club volleyball season.The combined four (4) AMP Sports Performance Treatments over the course of four weeks resulted in either maintained or improved performance testing numbers. The likely explanation for this result was tailoring each patient’s treatment plan to their specific biomechanical deficiencies uncovered during initial assessment via the Kinetisense Avatar Functional Movement System.


Subjects

The population of interest for this given study, as mentioned before, were high school aged high-level competitive club volleyball players, In specific, high-level players from the Laguna Beach Volleyball Club were selected from the 16 year-old (16U) level ones team (level one meaning the most premiere team of that age group). In volleyball, there are a mix of different positions which all have unique qualities and characteristics which add value to their team. In this study, the team’s starting Libero and Middle were our two subjects. In these two given positions, a Libero is usually defined as the team’s best “passer”, but does not hit the ball frequently. As a Middle your main role is on the defensive end, by blocking hits from the other team.


Measures

All of the measures used in this study are well-known instruments within athletic performance testing scenarios. For vertical testing, both standing and with an approach, a Vertex was used. When measuring vertical, all measurements were recorded to the nearest half inch. For the 5,10, and 15 yard sprints, a tape measure was used to mark the distances while a Sportsline Stopwatch was used to measure the amount of time each sprint took. Each sprint time was recorded to the nearest one-hundredth by the person monitoring the stopwatch. For the T-Agility Drill, 4 cones were used to indicate each 5 yard marking while again a Sportsline Stopwatch was used to measure time to the nearest one-hundredth of a second. The only source of human error necessary to note during athletic performance testing was that the human subjective eye was timing each sprint and agility drill.

Procedure

This research study lasted the span of June 14, 2016 through July 12, 2016 (6/14/16-7/12/16). Before both initial and final testing, the test subjects performed the same warm-up routine structured for them by Laguna Beach Volleyball Club (a series of dynamic and plyometric movements). Upon completion of the dynamic warm-up, the first test performed was the vertical test. Prior to jumping, each subject was measured for their maximum reach. This was done by having them stand directly beneath the Vertex and reaching as high as possible with their dominant hand. After completing this initial step, the Vertex was then raised to an appropriate height for each subject. First performing the standing vertical jump, each subject performed jumps in order to assure a true maximum jump on one of the trials. After each subject completed the standing vertical jump, they moved onto the approach vertical jump. Again, each test subject performed 3 jumps to assure a maximum vertical.

Continuing on to the speed and agility performance tests, the second test which each subject performed was the 5, then 10, then 15 yard sprint. Each sprint distance was performed two times in order to guarantee no movement faults such as tripping. After each sprint distance was performed twice, the final test performed was the T-Agility Test. Each athlete chose to run the 5 yard sprint forward, then proceeding to shuffle laterally to their left for 5 yards, then shuffling 10 yards to their right, followed by a 5 yard shuffle to their left and 5 yard backward shuffle. The T-Agility Test was performed twice as well to assure no movement faults.

The procedures for each performance test listed above was performed exactly the same for both initial testing and final testing. All equipment used for measurements were identical as well between both trials.

Results

Of the two participants of this research study, both subjects showed either sustained sports performance results or increased sports performance progress. After each participant received a total of 4 AMP Sports Performance Treatments, they were retested using the same equipment and order of performance tests.

Beginning with the first subject, the Libero, her Vertical Jump Testing remained the same for both trials (standing vertical total = 17.5 inches, approach vertical total = 20.5 inches). During the 5, 10, and 15 yard Sprint Testing, all three of her distance times improved (5 yard sprint decreasing .01 seconds, 10 yard sprint decreasing .03 seconds, and 15 yard sprint decreasing .03 seconds). Lastly, in the T-Agility Test Mandalay’s time remained the same at 8.12 seconds.

Type of Test

Result (6/14/16)

Result 7/5/16

Vertical Reach

82.5 inches (6 feet 10.5 inches)

82.5 inches (6 feet 10.5 inches)

Vertical Jump Height

100.5 inches (8 feet 4.5 inches)

100.5 inches (8 feet 4.5 inches)

Vertical Jump Approach Height

103.5 inches (8 feet 7.5 inches)

103.5 inches (8 feet 4.5 inches)

Vertical Jump Total

17.5 inches/20.5 inches

17.5 inches/20.5 inches

T- Drill (5,5,5)

8.12 seconds

8.12 seconds

5 yd Sprint

1.21 seconds

1.20 seconds

10 yd Sprint

1.91 seconds

1.88 seconds

15 yd Sprint

2.63 seconds

2.60 seconds

Hitting Velocity

TBD

TBD

In regards to the second subject, the Middle, similar results to those of the first subject were observed. For the Vertical Jump Testing, all performance numbers remained the same (standing vertical total = 21.5 inches, approach vertical total = 24.5 inches). During the 5, 10, and 15 yard Sprint Testing, all three distance distance times improved (5 yard sprint decreasing .29 seconds, 10 yard sprint decreasing .25 seconds, and 15 yard sprint decreasing .15 seconds). Lastly, in the T-Agility Test Sam’s time remained the same at 8.12 seconds.

Type of Test

Result (6/14/16)

Result (7/12/16)

Running Head: AMP PERFORMANCE TREATMENTS ON ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE


TESTING

Vertical Reach

91.5 inches (7 feet 7.5 inches)

91.5 inches (7 feet 7.5 inches)

Vertical Jump Height

113 inches (9 feet 5 inches)

113 inches (9 feet 5 inches)

Vertical Jump Approach Height

116 inches (9 feet 8 inches)

116 inches (9 feet 8 inches)

Vertical Jump Total

21.5 inches/24.5 inches

21.5 inches/24.5 inches

T- Drill (5,5,5)

8.25 seconds

8.25 seconds

5 yd Sprint

1.35 seconds

1.06 seconds

10 yd Sprint

2.06 seconds

1.81 seconds

15 yd Sprint

2.59 seconds

2.44 seconds

Hitting Velocity

TBD

TBD

Conclusions

The results of this study showed consistent improvements in all sprinting performance tests. Additionally, the subjects sustained their performance scores in agility and vertical tests. Major conclusions from this research study would include the significance of weekly AMP Sports Performance Treatments in maintaining athletic performance during peak of season. Furthermore, AMP Sports Performance Treatments also results in athletic performance improvements during the “peaking” phase of an athlete’s season.

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