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Brian T. McCormick, James C. Hannon, Maria Newton, Barry Shultz, Nicole Detling and Warren B. Young

Plyometrics is a popular training modality for basketball players to improve power and change-of-direction speed. Most plyometric training has used sagittal-plane exercises, but improvements in change-of-direction speed have been greater in multidirection programs.


To determine the benefits of a 6-wk frontal-plane plyometric (FPP) training program compared with a 6-wk sagittal-plane plyometric (SPP) training program with regard to power and change-of-direction speed.


Fourteen female varsity high school basketball players participated in the study. Multiple 2 × 2 repeated-measures ANOVAs were used to determine differences for the FPP and SPP groups from preintervention to postintervention on 4 tests of power and 2 tests of change-of-direction speed.


There was a group main effect for time in all 6 tests. There was a significant group × time interaction effect in 3 of the 6 tests. The SPP improved performance of the countermovement vertical jump more than the FPP, whereas the FPP improved performance of the lateral hop (left) and lateral-shuffle test (left) more than the SPP. The standing long jump, lateral hop (right), and lateral-shuffle test (right) did not show a significant interaction effect.


These results suggest that basketball players should incorporate plyometric training in all planes to improve power and change-of-direction speed.

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Miranda Rudnick and Brian Wallace

 al., 2013 ; Simon et al., 2017 ). The first question required participants to provide informed consent. One question identified the participant as either a boys’ or girlsbasketball coach, and one asked how long they have been a head coach. The subsequent 12 questions included items regarding team uses

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Susan M. Molstad

Male (N=121) and female (N=135) high school girls’ basketball coaches responded to three forced-choice questions related to gender and role modeling. Both genders said they preferred coaching girls to boys. Male coaches thought female athletes preferred a male coach, female coaches thought they preferred a female coach. Coaches of each gender perceived themselves as equal or better role models than their counterparts. Coaches were then asked to rank order the importance of six coaching qualities previously identified as either expressive or instrumental. First they ranked the qualities in importance as they perceived them, then in the order they thought players would rank them. Coaches differed significantly by gender on the rankings of the qualities, as well as their perceptions of how athletes might rank the same qualities. Implications for modeling and young female athletes are discussed in relation to gender differences in these perceptions.

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Landy Di Lu and Kathryn L. Heinze

[players], [concussion risk] is about 60% higher. Look at girls basketball. Girls basketball and boys soccer you think are much different when it comes to roughness and [hitting] each other. Those injuries are happening a lot. Wrestling is right up there with girls basketball. Cheerleaders are up there

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Zachary Y. Kerr, Susan W. Yeargin, Yuri Hosokawa, Rebecca M. Hirschhorn, Lauren A. Pierpoint and Douglas J. Casa

.00 to 0.04) Boys’ wrestling 1 2 3 0.03 (0.00 to 0.09) 0.02 (0.00 to 0.05) 0.02 (0.00 to 0.05) Girlsbasketball 2 0 2 0.05 (0.00 to 0.11) 0.00 0.01 (0.00 to 0.03) Girls’ cross country 12 5 17 1.18 (0.51 to 1.84) 0.10 (0.01 to 0.18) 0.28 (0.15 to 0.41) Girls’ field hockey 2 13 15 0.16 (0.00 to 0.39) 0

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Kevin M. Cross, Kelly K. Gurka, Susan Saliba, Mark Conaway and Jay Hertel

Surveillance System, Reporting Information Online (RIO). The RIO is an Internet-based injury surveillance system that records injury data in 9 US high school sports: football, boys’ and girls’ soccer, boys’ and girlsbasketball, wrestling, baseball, volleyball, and softball. 22 The methodology for the RIO

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James E. Johnson, Chrysostomos Giannoulakis and Beau F. Scott

schools in the smallest enrollment classifications, in three specific sports (i.e., football, girls basketball, and girls volleyball), and by schools in metropolitan areas. These results helped to explain the first reclassification of teams in Indiana based on the success factor, whereby 11 of the 17

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Tanya R. Prewitt-White

influence impressionable young girls. I felt guilty that I could not stop him from negatively influencing young female athletes from my hometown. I could not prove he was unfit to coach girlsbasketball especially since he had produced so many conference, regional, and sectional championship teams as well

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Tracey Covassin, Kyle M. Petit and Morgan Anderson

. Youth American football showed the greatest risk for an SRC, followed by girls soccer, girls basketball, and softball. Although the aforementioned studies presented an overview of the prevalence of SRCs in youth athletes, these numbers are a conservative estimate due to the underreporting of SRCs to an

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Alan Klein

-encompassing. Laura Big Crow (local teacher and girls basketball coach at Pine Ridge High) recalled how she, as a basketball All Star with a full scholarship, just wanted to leave college and come home to the buxom of her family, “I cried a lot, and begged my father to come home. He insisted I stay though, and I