Glute-ham-gastroc raises improve jumping performance in volleyball players

The glute-ham-gastroc raise, or one of its derivatives (i.e., the nordic hamstring curl) are commonly used among sports teams as a means of reducing hamstring injury risk. This is because the hamstrings are frequently injured during bouts of maximal sprinting in training or competition. Therefore, the glute-ham-gastroc raise is most often perceived as an “injury …

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Predictors of 20 m sprinting speed in soccer players

Predicting sprinting speed in a mixed group of athletes is fairly easy to do. For example, in a group of athletes who differ substantially by body mass (i.e., American football players), typically the lighter athletes will run the fastest. When physical characteristics are relatively similar among athletes however (such as among soccer players), it becomes …

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Eccentric squat strength predicts vertical jump performance

Some regard the counter-movement jump (i.e., vertical jump) as the greatest predictor of athletic performance in field and court sports such as soccer, football and basketball. The counter-movement jump is effected by both relative strength and explosive power, both of which are key components of athletic movements such as sprinting, and changing direction. The counter-movement …

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Measure Vertical Jump with a Smartphone App

For better or for worse, nearly everyone owns a smartphone these days. This includes our young athletes who don’t even have jobs to pay for the phone! Due to the widespread usage of smartphone and tablet devices, a variety of applications have been created, especially in the sports training domain. Smartphone applications enable coaches and …

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Stretch hip flexors to increase vertical jump

Athletes are always looking for little tips and tricks that will give them an edge over their opponents. In recent posts we discussed the various ways in which athletes can take advantage of post-activation potentiation. By performing explosive movements following maximal strength training, one can expect a transient increase in output. Other research has investigated …

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Deadlift Training Improves Vertical Jump

Time is limited in the weight room. We’re often limited to 1 – 3 sessions per week with our athletes at about one hour per session. It is vitally important that we are very economical with this time in terms of exercise selection and prescription. We want to utilize exercises that will have the biggest …

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Squat, Power Clean and Vertical Jump Relate to Lineman Drive Blocking

In the sport of American Football, the lineman position has very unique physical requirements unlike most positions in other team-sports. Linemen need to have a combination of size and speed which are opposing qualities. The first step off the line of scrimmage for the offensive line is crucial to successful running attacks. A tremendous amount …

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Do hang cleans improve vertical jump height?

Vertical jump height is a valuable indicator of lower body power and athleticism. Further, jumping is a component of nearly all field and court sports. An athlete’s ability to propel themselves vertically provides an advantage during competition. Catching high thrown balls in football, stealing a rebound from your opponent under the rim in basketball or …

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