• Brian McCormick University of Utah


Purpose. Lateral movement is an important quality to performance
in basketball. The relationship between lateral
movement as measured by a side-step test and power as
measured by a lateral hop and vertical jump is largely
unstudied. Methods. Female adolescent basketball players
(n = 51) participated in this study. The study used a Pearson’s
product-moment correlation to measure the relationship
between the lateral side-step test (LST), countermovement
vertical jump (CMVJ, and lateral hop (LH). Results. There
was a moderate relationship between LST and LH (r = .487
to .626, p < .001), and a small relationship between the LST
and CMVJ (r = .279, p = .048 to .309, p = .028). There was
a moderate significant relationship between CMVJ and LH (r
= .370, p = .008 and r = .441, p = .001). Conclusions. These
results suggest that the plane of movement affects the relationship
of power and lateral movement in adolescent female
basketball players.


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