Scientific-Expert Journal of Anthropological Aspects of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation

Relationships between Relative Strength, Power, and Speed among NCAA Division II Men's Lacrosse Athletes

Original article

Submitted: 13/03/2024

Accepted: 29/03/2024

Published: 22/04/2024

UDK: 796.422.071.2:796.012.1

DOI: 10.7251/SGIA2420018Q


Quincy R. Johnson
Cody A. Stahl
Yang Yang
Tim Gabriel
Javier A. Zaragoza
Elizabeth D. Leal-Alfaro
Doug B. Smith
J. Jay Dawes

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Lacrosse players are required to perform multiple sprints and changes of direction over the course of a game. These skills are reliant on the ability to rapidly produce lower-body force to be successful. Currently, little research examining the relationship between specific performance indicators and relative strength within this population exists. The purpose of this study was to investigate relationships between measures of lower-body strength and power to sprinting and change of direction speed (CODS) among male lacrosse players. Archived data for (n= 18) NCAA Division II male lacrosse athletes were used for this analysis. Lower-body strength was assessed using a one-repetition maximum back squat. Power was assessed using a countermovement jump (CMJ), squat jump (SJ), and standing long jump (SLJ). Sprint speed at 10 and 30 yds (i.e., 9.14 and 27.43 m) and CODS (i.e., T-Test (TT) and modified T-Test (MTT) were also assessed. Pearson’s correlation was used to determine relationships between lower-body strength and power to sprint speed and CODS. Significant relationships (r = -0.51 - -0.64, p ≤ 0.05) were discovered between all measures of power and CODS, as well as SLJ and sprint speed (r = -0.51; p = 0.05 and -0.67; p ≤-0.01, respectively). No significant relationships between relative strength and any measures of sprint speed or CODS were discovered. Although relative strength was not directly related to sprint speed or CODS performance, it may indirectly affect these measures based on its relationship to power, and power’s relationship to sprint and CODS performance.

Keywords: Strength and conditioning, Performance optimization, Field sports, Maximum power, Linear speed, Agility

Faculty of Physical Education and sport Banja Luka

Faculty of Physical Education and Sport

University of Banja Luka

University of Banja Luka