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Comparison of Agility Training Programs for Injury Prevention in Malaysian School Children

Author Affiliations

  • 1 Faculty of Sports Science and Coaching (UPSI), Sultan Idris University of Education, Tanjong Malim, Perak, MALAYSIA
  • 2 Faculty of Sports Science and Coaching, Sultan Idris University of Education (UPSI), Tanjong Malim, Perak, MALAYSIA

Int. Res. J. Medical Sci., Volume 3, Issue (1), Pages 15-22, January,28 (2015)


This study is conducted to determine the impact of a short-time agility intervention in four weeks period on primary school students in order to reduce the risk of injuries among school children. The subjects consist of 20 Standard 5 students that were randomly picked but must be free from any injuries, health diseases and had been allowed by their parents to participate with this study. They were divided into two groups. Group A (n = 10) will perform t-test drill and Group B (n = 10) will perform Zig-zag drill. Both groups completed agility interventions to improve agility during their physical education period in once a week for four weeks. They performed the drills three times alternately with other students according to their group. Edgren’s Side Steps, an indicator of agility, were measured for both groups at the beginning and end of the intervention period. In the pre-test the test scores indicated no difference between the two groups. Post-test indicated a significant difference in the test scores that shows Zig-zag drill improved student’s agility better than t-test drill, t (9) = 14.48, p 0.005. The results indicated that Zig-zag drill is more effective compared to t-test drill in improving students agility in order to reduce the risk of getting injured.


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