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The effect of calisthenics training on physical fitness parameters and sports specific skills of soccer players: a randomized controlled trial

Usha Panihar
Deepika Rani

Department of Physiotherapy, Guru Jambheshwar University of Science & Technology, Hisar, Haryana, India
Advances in Rehabilitation, 2022, 36(2), 23–31
Online publish date: 2022/05/09
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Calisthenics are resistance exercises that manipulates one’s body weight for resistance and performed without using any equipment. These exercises are aerobic and dynamic exercises consisting of various movements to increase body flexibility and strength. The purpose of the study was to find out the efficacy of calisthenics training on performance of fsoccer players.

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Forty healthy soccer players aging between 18-25 years who actively participating in soccer were randomly assigned to 2 groups. Group-A followed regular soccer training and Group-B received calisthenics training along with regular soccer training for 3 days/week for 8 weeks. The outcome measures were 30-yard dash test, Illinois agility test, Sit and reach test, Vertical jump, Star excursion balance test and SAI soccer skill tests (30-m running with ball test, kicking test and juggling).

The between group results for 30-yard dash test, Illinois agility test, vertical jump, sit and reach test, 30-m running with ball test, juggling and anterior reach in star excursion balance test were found statistically significant (p < 0.05).

Calisthenics training with regular soccer training improves overall performance of the soccer players by achieving more speed, agility, flexibility, kicking accuracy and control on ball.


exercise, balance, speed, flexibility, agility

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