Effects of reduced training and detraining on upper and lower body explosive strength in adolescent male basketball players

J Strength Cond Res. 2009 Sep;23(6):1737-44. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e3181b3dc9d.


The purpose of this study was to assess and compare the effects of detraining and of a reduced training program on upper- and lower-body explosive strength in adolescent male basketball players. To study this, 15 subjects, aged 14 to 15 years old, were randomly assigned to 1 of the 2 following groups: reduced training (RT; n = 8) and detraining (DTR; n = 7). The participants were assessed on squat jump (SJ), countermovement jump (CMJ), Abalakov test (ABA), depth jump (DJ), mechanical power (MP), and medicine ball throw (MBT) after a 10-week in-season complex training program (T0) and at the end of 4 (T4), 8 (T8), 12 (T12), and 16 (T16) weeks of detraining and of the reduced training periods. Both groups showed maintenance of explosive strength values and statistical similarity between them whatever the moment of evaluation. In conclusion, 16 weeks of detraining or of reduced training allow for the maintenance of the gains previously achieved by the application of a 10-week in-season complex training program. However, the lack of differences between detraining and reduced training leads to the conclusion that regular basketball practice can sustain by itself the previously achieved explosive strength gains, considering its mainly explosive characteristics.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Basketball / physiology*
  • Exercise / physiology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Muscle Strength / physiology*
  • Physical Endurance / physiology
  • Physical Fitness / physiology*