A multivariate approach to assessing anaerobic power following a plyometric training program

Wagner D. R. , Kocak M. S.

Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, vol.11, no.4, pp.251-255, 1997 (Journal Indexed in SCI Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 11 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Doi Number: 10.1519/00124278-199711000-00010
  • Title of Journal : Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
  • Page Numbers: pp.251-255
  • Keywords: Margaria-Kalamen power test, Sprinting, Vertical jump


This study used a multivariate approach to assess anaerobic power in 20 athletes and 20 nonathletes undergoing 6 weeks of plyometric training, and 20 controls. A 3 X 2 mixed model MANOVA was done to analyze the pre- and posttest scores of vertical jump, 50-m dash, and Margaria-Kalamen stairclimbing test. The Group X Test interaction was significant (p < 0.001). Both groups that underwent plyometric training improved significantly (p < 0.01) on all tests of anaerobic power. Of the dependent measures, the Margaria-Kalamen test was the most influential in the development of a multivariate composite of anaerobic power. It appears that plyometrics is effective for increasing lower body anaerobic power for both athletes and nonathletes, and the Margaria-Kalamen stairclimbing test is a better tool for assessing this power than either the vertical jump or the 50-m dash. © 1997 National Strength & Conditioning Association.