Potential Role of Plyometric Training in the Development of Motor Performance Skills: A Narrative Review

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  • 1 School of Education, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia
  • | 2 School of Health Sciences, University of Notre Dame, Fremantle, Australia
  • | 3 Research Centre in Sports, Health and Human Development, University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal
  • | 4 Centre for Educational Research, Western Sydney University, Penrith, NSW, Australia
  • | 5 Department of Physical Activity Sciences, University of Los Lagos, Osorno, Chile
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Offering children chances to optimize their engagement in physical activities during their life span is one of the major aims of school physical education (PE). To this end, the maximum development of motor performance skills can help primary school children participate in various physical activities throughout their lives. The purpose of this review was to examine the effects of plyometric training activities on motor performance skills of children and the application of plyometrics within the PE setting. Relevant studies on the topics of motor performance skills, plyometrics, athlete development, and motor development in children and adolescents were examined. The paper reveals that plyometric training activities can improve motor performance skills such as running, jumping, and kicking. The literature also suggests that children’s exposure to plyometric exercises may result in an accelerated improvement in primary school PE class. This review concludes with a proposal to enhance children’s motor performance skills using plyometric exercises in primary PE classes.

Sortwell (as259@uowmail.edu.au) is corresponding author.

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