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. Alternatively, plyometrics are sometimes performed on the practice field, separate from strength training workouts. However, time constraints and limited availability to …

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High volume not superior to low volume plyometrics in collegiate rugby

To use the minimum effective dose or maximum tolerable dose of training with athletes remains a topic of debate among sports coaches. One may argue that aiming for the minimum effective dose of a given training parameter (i.e., plyometric training) will create more time for technical and tactical training, of which usually takes priority from a …

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Low or high volume plyometrics for young soccer players?

Plyometric training is one of the most effective training methods for improving sprinting, jumping and change of direction performance in team-sport athletes. Each of these physical performance qualities utilize the stretch-shortening cycle to harness the elastic properties of muscle and tendon. The neuromuscular adaptation that take place in response to plyometric training enable athletes to …

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Performance effects of plyometrics during preseason basketball training

In the six to eight weeks of training preceding the competitive season, many teams reduce or eliminate strength and power training due to increased sport-specific training such as technical/tactical work, scrimmaging and conditioning. In the sport of basketball, there are concerns that overall ground contacts of jumping and bounding exercises may be too high and …

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Plyometrics before, after or mixed in with strength work?

Both strength work and plyometrics are typical training modalities that coaches use to enhance performance in field and court sports like soccer, basketball and football. Traditionally, plyometric training is performed early in the workout, following the warmup, but before resistance training. However, some have sequenced training in the reverse order and perform strength work before …

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Preventing speed loss at the end of the season

A major challenge for strength and conditioning coaches is minimizing decrements in performance (i.e., sprinting speed) as the season trudges on. In the sport of soccer, there’s been reports of nearly 5% reductions in sprinting speed at the end of the season. This is obviously problematic considering this is right around the time of the …

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Including plyometics in warm up enhances sprint speed

Some coaches are adamant about having a thorough warm-up before workouts, practices and competitions. The athletes are organized, follow their progressions and execute with efficiency and discipline. Others take a more laid back approach and let the athletes toss the ball around and warm-up at their own pace. The purpose of the warm-up however is …

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Comparing programs for increasing speed and explosiveness

As the strength and conditioning coach for a high level field-sport team (i.e., soccer, rugby, etc.) the head coach has provided you with 15 minutes after the warm-up twice per week (Tues and Thurs) to give the athletes a workout. The coach specifically states that he wants the athletes to be able to run faster …

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What can we learn from a vertical jump test?

What can we learn about an athlete from a vertical jump test? The first thought that may have jumped in your mind is “explosiveness” or more specifically, “lower body power”. This is a correct answer. However, this is only one of a variety of pieces of information that a coach can garner from a simple …

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Combine vertical and horizontal plyo’s for optimal performance

There are two major components to power: force and velocity. It’s been suggested that prior to a young athlete hitting his or her growth spurt, velocity of muscle contraction is primarily responsible for the expression of power. However, subsequent to an athlete’s growth spurt, increases in force production end up being the major factor in …

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