plyometric training; power; countermovement jump; jump training; symmetry
Box jumps are often included in training programs as an introductory exercise to novice athletes and untrained individuals and are an efficient option of lower-body explosiveness training. However, it is unclear whether the use of boxes of differing heights affect the inter-limb asymmetry during this exercise. The purpose of this study is to investigate the effect of box height in inter-limb asymmetry during box jumps. Recreationally active young males (n = 14) and females (n = 16) performed three jumps at boxes that corresponded to approximately 0, 20, 40, 60, and 80% of their individual countermovement jumps. The selected performance variables were peak force (PF), peak power (PP), rate of force development (RFD), and time to take-off (TToff). The intraclass correlation coefficients ranged from 0.76 to 0.99, and the coefficient of variation ranged from 4.03 to 16.52%. A series of one-way repeated measures ANOVA tests were used to test for significant differences of the performance variables and inter-limb asymmetries. The females’ PF at 80% was significantly higher from 0% (p < 0.05). No significant differences were observed for inter-limb asymmetry across box heights (p ≥ 0.25). This study shows that the box height does not affect the overall intra-session inter-limb asymmetries in recreationally active individuals.
dos Santos, M.L.; Berton, R.; Shields, J.; Bishop, C.; Dinyer-McNeely, T.; Anderson, O.; Dawes, J. Influence of Box Height on Inter-Limb Asymmetry and Box Jump Performance. Symmetry 2023, 15, 1359. https://doi.org/10.3390/sym15071359