Plyometric & Speed Training

In an effort to improve sport performance, athletes at all levels want an advantage that allows them to outplay their opponent. Obtaining this edge using plyometric and speed training has commonly been available to only high-level athletes, with the training provided by a team of strength and conditioning professionals. Although not typically emphasized in the design of programs for personal training clients, plyometric and speed training are fast becoming important components of a well-balanced plan to improve not only sports performance but function during the job and activities of daily living. Exercises designed to train clients to jump higher and run faster are becoming popular, and arguably essential, program components. Further, because so many injuries occur as the result of an inability to control decelerative forces, the use of both plyometric and speed training, with their emphasis on the efficient production and use of ground reaction forces, should be considered an integral part of any program whose goal is injury prevention. A practical definition of plyometric exercise is a quick, powerful movement preceded by a pre-stretch, or countermovement, involving the stretch-shortening cycle (SSC), while speed is simply the ability to achieve high velocity. Though its definition may be simpler, speed training relies heavily on the SSC to elicit its desired outcome, that is, the achievement of higher velocity. The purpose of plyometric exercise is to use the stretch reflex and natural elastic components of both muscle and tendon to increase the power of subsequent movements; speed training exercises are designed to use these same mechanical and neurophysiological components, in concert with technique and muscular strength, to produce larger ground forces, thereby allowing clients to run faster.

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