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Association of sprint performance with ground reaction forces during the acceleration and maximal speed phases in a single sprint.

The speed with which all four phases of a short sprint (start, acceleration, maximum speed, and deceleration) are completed depends upon the amount of force applied during the pushing action away from the ground (ground reaction force – GRF) each foot strike, and the speed with
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Comparison of a push-up vs. bench press program for increasing strength and size

While the squat is regarded as the king of lower body exercises, the bench press ‘takes the cake’ for upper body exercises. The bench press is an excellent movement for developing strength, but there are several situations where this exercise may not be feasible. For examp
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Effect of match time and location on sleep quality in professional soccer players

Inadequate recovery can substantially impact athletic performance and increase risk of illness or injury. Therefore, it’s no surprise that organizations invest plenty of time and money in technologies and facilities that are intended to enhance and speed up the recovery process.
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Neuromuscular training before practice improves performance in youth tennis players

Neuromuscular training for youth athletes typically involves calisthenics, plyometric exercises, change of direction drills and speed training. Ample research has demonstrated that pre-pubertal athletes can significantly improve markers of performance with neuromuscular training despi
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Effect of plyometric training vs. resistance training on strength and performance

Coaches often include a combination of progressive plyometric training and resistance training into strength and conditioning programs for their athletes. Plyometric exercises are typically performed immediately following the warm-up and before strength training exercises. Alternative
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Passive and PNF but not active or ballistic stretching reduce jump performance

Various forms of stretching have long been an integral component to the pre-training warm-up routine. Teams would often line up in rows on the field and count out their ~15 seconds stretches in unison, starting from their upper body and moving progressively to their lower body. Howeve
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Effect of Sleep Quality and Training Load on Performance in Elite Gymnasts

With the development of practical sleep-monitoring devices, empirical evidence has steadily emerged from research that supports what coaches have known all along; sleep quality affects performance. Valuing sleep pays off in how athletes feel, how they train and how they perform. There
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Relationships between barbell speed characteristics and sprint performance

Access to more affordable technologies such as accelerometers and linear position transducers that sync with mobile phones and tablet devices  has lead to an increase in the monitoring of bar speed in the weight room. In turn, a substantial increase in research on how bar speed can be
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Decreased knee flexor muscle function from frequent soccer match simulations

There are many instances in team sports where matches are held every day or every other day. This occurs during tournament play as well as congested match fixtures. Competitions are considerably more taxing on players than practices, often resulting in greater soreness and muscle dama
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HRV recovery delayed in linemen relative to non-linemen following training

The majority of research evaluating recovery status in American football players has evaluated endocrine markers, biochemical markers (i.e., creatine kinase) and subjective ratings of well-being. However, little attention has been given to cardiovascular markers. Football is often tho
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