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Jump rope training effects on health- and sport-related physical fitness in young participants: A systematic review with meta-analysis

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posted on 01.08.2022, 15:34 authored by Utkarsh Singh, Akhilesh Kumar Ramachandran, Rodrigo Ramírez-Campillo, Alejandro Pérez-Castilla, José Afonso, Filipe Manuel Clemente, Jon Oliver

 The aim of this systematic review with meta-analysis was to assess the available body of published peerreviewed articles related on the effects of jump rope training (JRT) compared with active/passive controls on health- and sport-related physical fitness outcomes. Searches were conducted in three databases, including studies that satisfied the following criteria: i) healthy participants; ii) a JRT program; iii) active or traditional control group; iv) at least one measure related to health- and sport-related physical fitness; v) multi-arm trials. The random-effects model was used for the meta-analyses. Twenty-one fair-good quality (i.e., PEDro scale) studies were meta-analysed, involving 1,021 participants (male, 50.4%). Eighteen studies included participants with a mean age <18 years old. The duration of the JRT interventions ranged from 6-40 weeks. Meta-analyses revealed improvements (i.e., p= 0.048 to <0.001; ES= 0.23-1.19; I2= 0.0-76.9%) in resting heart rate, body mass index, fat mass, cardiorespiratory endurance, lower- and upper-body maximal strength, jumping, range of motion, and sprinting. No significant JRT effects were noted for systolic-diastolic blood pressure, waist-hip circumference, bone or lean mass, or muscle endurance. In conclusion, JRT, when compared to active and passive controls, provides a range of small-moderate benefits that span health- and sport-related physical fitness outcomes. 


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Journal of Sports Sciences


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  • Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences

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Jon Oliver

Cardiff Met Research Centre/Group

  • Youth Physical Development

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