Date of Award
Master of Science
Health and Sport Science
Exercise and Sport Science
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of agility training in different footwear on agility, speed and balance performance in healthy young adults. Twenty-four subjects went through a six-week agility training intervention in one of three footwear groups: barefoot, minimal footwear or traditional shoes. No group and time interactions were found but significant time main effects indicated that agility and balance performance improved from baseline to post-test. Specifically, reaction time, foot speed, static balance and, change of direction sprints were all improved as early as two weeks into the intervention, with improvements continuing through the entire six-week intervention. The lack of an interaction with time main effects suggests that specific reaction time and foot speed agility training improves agility, speed and balance performance over a six week period regardless of the type of footwear worn.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Bravo, Joshua Davis, "Footwear Effects on Agility and Balance During Reaction and Foot Speed Training" (2014). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 945.