Sports includes all forms competitive physical activities or games which, through casual or organized participation, aim to use, maintain, improve physical and mental ability and skills while providing enjoyment to the participants. It is generally recognized as a system of activities which are based in physical athleticism or physical dexterity and only the best ones triumph in the end. A professional player is expected to perform a large number of jumps, lunges, and rapid directional changes, and in order to be triumphant in one's sporting event, these athletes engage in training that helps them meet this level of physical condition. But among the many factors that affect performance of an athlete, training is only one of them. In terms of skills, it is safe to say that there are two planes wherein an athlete perform, the horizontal aspect and the vertical aspect. Previous researchers have focused on the latter and only a small number of researchers have been conducted about the horizontal aspect.
In Sports Therapy, one important factor within the horizontal plane that physiotherapists improve is agility which is the ability to explosively change directions of a limb or body segment in an efficient and effective manner. It is mainly composed of four factors namely: balance, strength, speed and coordination. The aforementioned factors can be categorized into two distinct components: the physical aspect (e.g., the ability to change direction or speed) and the cognitive aspect (e.g., perception and decision making). Because relative strength is a major factor in agility performance, the physical aspects of agility may potentially be improved by typical strength and power training, whereas the cognitive aspects may potentially be improved by enhancing sports skill.
In this study, the researchers aim to compare the effectiveness between performing proprioceptive exercise on hand and on soft surfaces, and its effects on improving running agility by training two different groups of 16-18 y/o amateur players of the students of the Senior High School Department University of Perpetual Help System Laguna and subjecting them to the same training program with the only difference is the training surface to see the difference.
The results of the study demonstrated that the group who underwent the training on a grass surface showed a more significant