The Isometric Midthigh Pull in Basketball: An Effective Predictor of Sprint and Jump Performance in Male, Adolescent Players

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Purpose: To examine correlations between peak force and impulse measures attained during the isometric midthigh pull (IMTP) and basketball-specific sprint and jump tests. Methods: Male, adolescent basketball players (N = 24) completed a battery of basketball-specific performance tests. Testing consisted of the IMTP (absolute and normalized peak force and impulse at 100 and 250 ms); 20-m sprint (time across 5, 10, and 20 m); countermovement jump (CMJ; absolute and normalized peak force and jump height); standing long jump (distance); and repeated lateral bound (distance). Correlation and regression analyses were conducted between IMTP measures and other attributes. Results: An almost perfect correlation was evident between absolute peak force attained during the IMTP and CMJ (r = .94, R2 = 56%, P < .05). Moderate to very large correlations (P < .05) were observed between IMTP normalized peak force and 5-m sprint time (r = −.44, R2 = 19%), 10-m sprint time (r = −.45, R2 = 20%), absolute (r = .57, R2 = 33%), normalized (r = .86, R2 = 73%) CMJ peak force, and standing long-jump distance (r = .51, R2 = 26%). Moderate to very large correlations were evident between impulse measures during the IMTP and 5-m sprint time (100 ms, r = −.40, R2 = 16%, P > .05) and CMJ absolute peak force (100 ms, r = .73, R2 = 54%; 250 ms, r = .68, R2 = 47%; P < .05). Conclusions: The IMTP may be used to assess maximal and rapid force expression important across a range of basketball-specific movements.

Scanlan, Wen, and Dalbo are with Human Exercise and Training Laboratory, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, QLD, Australia. Scanlan, Wen, Guy, Elsworthy, and Dalbo are with the School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences, Central Queensland University, QLD, Australia. Lastella is with the Appleton Inst for Behavioural Sciences, Central Queensland University, Adelaide, Australia. Pyne is with the Research Inst for Sport and Exercise, University of Canberra, Canberra, Australia. Conte is with the Inst of Sport Science and Innovations, Lithuanian Sports University, Kaunas, Lithuania.

Scanlan (a.scanlan@cqu.edu.au) is corresponding author.
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