Speed Improvement Focus: AN OVERVIEW OF PLYOMETRICS AND THEIR USE IN SPEED AND STRENGTH TRAINING

AN OVERVIEW OF PLYOMETRICS AND THEIR USE IN SPEED AND STRENGTH TRAINING - QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Responses by James Radcliffe (Strength and Conditioning Coach, University of Oregon 1985-Present; author of Plyometrics: Explosive Power Training and High-Powered Plyometrics) to questions prepared by Track Coach editor, Russ Ebbets (Track Coach, Fall, 2006)

What does the term plyometrics mean to you?

Plyometrics means a style of training utilizing exercises that are explosive and take advantage of the elastic-reactive components of the neuromuscular system. This includes any form of jumping, bounding, hopping, throwing, and tossing movements that combine the effects of eccentric loading and the rate of concentric execution.

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