Can Whole-Body EMS Produce Sames Effects as Athletic Strength Training in Youth Elite Soccer Players?
According to a 2020 Journal of Sports and Medicine Study EMS offers greater effect on athletic performance than traditional training.
Based on the results captured during a ten-week whole-body EMS training the verdict was – EMS improves the muscle strength of certain leg, hip and trunk muscles in male adolescent elite soccer players to a greater extent than a pure athletic strength training of the same duration and in the same subjective strain range.
Strength training in soccer has both a preventive and an athletic effects. Whole-body electromyostimulation (WB-EMS) could represent an interesting time-saving add-on to classical strength exercises in performance-oriented soccer.
The objective of this study was to find out whether a 10-week WB-EMS training might have a more positive impact on strength parameters in male youth elite soccer players than regular athletic strength exercises alone.
A total of 30 soccer players from a soccer academy aged 15 to 17 years participated in the study. Before and after the intervention, the isometric extension and flexion forces of trunk and knee, and the hip abduction and adduction forces were examined.
The strength of the WB-EMS group improved significantly in 4 of the 6 muscle groups tested.
Superimposed Whole-Body EMS is an effective training method and increases the strength of certain leg, hip and trunk muscles in soccer players.
During a ten-week training, average increases in strength between 8 and 33% could be observed.
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