Validity of the Shuttle MVP™ on Improving Vertical Jump Compared to Depth Jump Training in Experienced Collegeaged Jumpers

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Dr. Maureen Dunn and Dr. Mark Northuis

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The Shuttle MVP™ is a plyometric training device that utilizes resistance bands and a horizontal gliding technique to train muscles of the lower body to increase dynamic jumping power. This training method may be beneficial for many athletes since its design allows for reduced impact on joints, especially in athletes who use jumping on a regular basis such as volleyball and basketball players. Previous research has suggested that 4 weeks of training with the Shuttle MVP™ may increase vertical jump in novice jumpers; however, this device has not been tested on experienced jumpers nor has it been compared to an alternate training technique. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to compare the effectiveness of jump training using the Shuttle MVP™ to the more conventional depth jump method on improvements in vertical jump in experienced college-aged jumpers over a 4-week training period. Twenty Hope College students were matched according to gender, initial vertical jump height, and jumping experience before being assigned to one of three groups; control, depth jump training, and Shuttle MVP™ training. The control group maintained habitual activity throughout the study period, while the two experimental groups trained 3 times per week for 4 weeks. Each training session included a 5 minute warm up followed by a predetermined number of sets and reps of the designated exercise. Repetitions and sets were increased each week along with the height of the depth jump or resistance level on the Shuttle MVP™. It was hypothesized that the Shuttle MVP™ would show significantly more improvements in maximal vertical jump height compared to the other two groups over the 4-week training period.

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