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1- Department of Sport, Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia.
2- Department of Sport, Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia. ,
3- Department of Sport, Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Osijek, Osijek, Croatia.
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Background. One of the most effective methods for progression in fast and explosive movements which are important in football player's performance is plyometric training which includes activities and movements whose performance depends on the stretch and shortening cycle.
Objectives. The problem of this research is related to the monitoring of the subjective feeling of load and the feeling of physiological and psychological stress under the influence of plyometric training, and whether the said low-volume training has an impact on the internal experiences of the load of young football players.
Methods. The sample of respondents consisted of 33 junior football players who played club football at the age of 17.3±0.9. The experimental training program lasted six weeks and subjective parameters for training load were monitored daily through RPE and wellness questionnaires.
Results. The results of this study showed that additional plyometric training does not significantly affect the subjective feeling of load during six weeks in the participants. Significant differences between the experimental and control groups of participants were found in wellness in the first and second weeks of the experimental procedure (<0.005 and 0.017), while no significant differences were found in wellness from the third to the sixth week of the experimental procedure.
Conclusion. Daily monitoring of the subjective feeling of load is a good tool for controlling athletes. This especially applies to younger athletes because it is an extremely effective tool that is available to everyone and does not require financial expenses.
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  • The scientific contribution of this work is in favor of the fact that additional plyometric training lasting 15 minutes 4 times a week does not significantly affect the increase in RPE and wellness, therefore it can be concluded that low-volume training that has an effect on increasing fitness abilities in football players will not significantly increase the experience of psychological and physiological stress. Daily monitoring of the subjective feeling of load is a good and important tool for controlling athletes. This especially applies to younger athletes because it is an extremely effective tool that is available to everyone and does not require financial expenses. Educated experts in the field of strength and conditioning of athletes can monitor and plan the activities of their athletes in a simple and effective way using RPE and wellness questionary.

Type of Study: Original Article | Subject: Sport Physiology and its related branches
Received: 2023/12/12 | Accepted: 2024/02/15

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