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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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 practically implemented for athletes has been developed. …

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Strength and power changes from long-term training in college volleyball players

Commitment to a structured and progressive strength and conditioning program can have a tremendous impact on the performance potential of an athlete. However, unless coaches keep records of changes in both performance markers and markers of strength and power, it is difficult to determine the magnitude of these improvements and if they’re related. For example, …

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Jump height and relative strength predict sprint performance in elite athletes

Maximum acceleration ability and sprinting speed are key variables that separate the elite from the sub-elite athlete. The necessity to outrun an opponent occurs in virtually all team sports that can be a major determinant of match outcome and thus is an important element focused on during training. The ability to predict and monitor sprint …

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How does strength affect tackling ability?

Team sports are largely skill-based. All else being equal among teams, the more highly skilled team will typically prevail. This is why coaches are so adamant about technical development during training. Many would even argue that strength and conditioning training may be of little value to highly skilled athletes since they demonstrate success without participating …

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Mid-Thigh pull variables relate with performance metrics in collegiate basketball players

Some of the top minds in the field of strength and conditioning believe that the key to athletic performance comes down to how much force an athlete can put into the ground and how quickly that force can be applied. While this may be an oversimplification, one cannot argue that peak force and rate of …

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Does the barbell hip thrust improve 40 yard dash time?

Horizontal force production at the hip joint is a key component to acceleration speed during sprinting. While resisted-sprint training (e.g., sled-towing) has been shown to improve acceleration ability in athletes, there is minimal research on the effects of horizontal force producing weight-room movements on sprint performance. It’s been hypothesized that improving maximal strength in movements …

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Greater lower body power in starters vs. non-starters in women’s soccer

The sport of soccer is traditionally thought of as a predominantly aerobic-endurance sport. This is because matches can last in excess of 1.5 hours in addition to involving a considerable amount of jogging and walking between short bursts. For these reasons, many soccer coaches are concerned primarily with developing cardiorespiratory fitness among their players and are …

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Olympic lift derivatives versus trap-bar squat jumps for enhancing power

Strength and conditioning coaches often fall into one of two camps when it comes to exercise selection for power development; those that are proponents of Olympic weightlifting and those that are not. The Olympic lifts tend to require greater proficiency in the skill of performing the movements. Thus, many individuals who oppose Olympic lifting think …

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Cluster sets versus traditional staight sets for enhancing power

Olympic weightlifters often use cluster training for developing maximal strength and power. Cluster sets involve intermittent rest periods (~30 seconds) between repetitions. For example, a set of 6 repetitions can be performed in a cluster configuration by performing repetitions 1 and 2, rest for 30 seconds, performing repetitions 3 and 4, rest for 30 seconds, then finish the …

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