Muscle Power and Agility Following Step-Aerobic Training in Male Badminton Players

Thawichai Khaothin, Prem Phimai, Ashira Hiruntrakul, Krissanat Putthithanasombat, Manatsiri Khongrassame, Charee Jansupom


Background: Step-aerobics training is one of the most exercise popular which is safe, a low-impact form of exercise, and does not cause any impact on the knee and ankle joints, it is ideal for developing the power of muscle and agility in a change of direction, that is essential for athletes. Objective: This study was to examine muscle power and agility following step-aerobic training in male badminton players. Methods: The study was an experimental research design conducted on a study recruited twenty male badminton players (aged 19-22) who were randomly divided into two groups. The subjects were initially tested for muscle power by a vertical jump and agility test. Thereafter, the experimental group underwent step-aerobic training for 30 minutes three days a week for eight weeks, and the control group continued its badminton training routine without step-aerobic training. After eight weeks, the study tested all groups for muscle power and agility. Result: A group x time interaction for the muscle power of the experimental group after four weeks (p < 0.003) and eight weeks (p < 0.001) increased than before and after eight weeks (p < 0.001) was significantly increased than the control group. The agility time of the experimental group after step-aerobic training for four weeks (p < 0.001) and eight weeks (p < 0.001) decreased than before and after eight weeks (p < 0.002) was significantly decreased than the control group. Conclusion: This study showed that the step-aerobic training pattern in increasing the rhythm movement of 125-140 beats per minute and the 6-8 inches height of step-aerobic can help badminton players enhance their muscle power and agility in four weeks.


Muscle performance, Agility, Step-aerobic, Exercise, Vertical jump, Badminton specific movement

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