EFFECTS OF A 6 WEEK AGILITY TRAINING PROTOCOL IN RECREATIONAL FOOTBALL PLAYERS
Background: Football is a contact sport, where the two teams of eleven players each trying to advance the ball towards the opposing team's goal with any part of their body other than their hands and arms. Only the goalkeeper allowed to handle the ball, and only within the goal's surrounding penalty area. Whoever scores the most goals wins. Many different skills were required in this game and agility is one of the important skills that is required when moving quickly from one direction to another in playing football. Objective: The study’s aim was to find out the effect of a 6-week agility training protocol in recreational football players. Methods: The study was conducted at Classic Football Academy (CFA), Loitang Sandum, Imphal, Manipur. The study was approved by the Research Advisory Committee of the Department of Physiotherapy, UIAHS, Chandigarh University. In this study, the 34 samples were included based on inclusion and exclusion criteria, using the Illinois agility test, agility of every participant was recorded before starting the training agility. After 6 weeks of agility training, agility was assessed again using the Illinois agility test. Result: To see the effectiveness of the agility training protocol, paired t-test was used. Pre and Post-Mean values for the agility using the Illinois agility test were 17.3062 ± 1.9377 and 16.3597 ± 1.8476 respectively (the ‘t’ value obtained was 13.9184 and the p-value was <0.0001, which was considered significant). Conclusion: This agility training protocol given for 6 weeks has shown improvement in the agility of recreational football players.