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The Stretch-Shortening Cycle: Proposed Mechanisms and Methods for Enhancement

Turner, Anthony N MSc, CSCS1; Jeffreys, Ian MSc, CSCS*D, NSCA-CPT*D2

Strength & Conditioning Journal:
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3181e928f9
Article
Abstract

EFFICIENT STRETCH-SHORTENING CYCLE (SSC) MECHANICS RESULT IN ENERGY CONSERVATION AND ENHANCED PROPULSIVE FORCES. BASED ON THE CURRENT REVIEW OF RESEARCH, ELASTIC ENERGY THROUGH TENDON RECOIL AND AN INCREASE IN ACTIVE STATE BECAUSE OF AN INCREASE IN THE WORKING RANGE SEEM THE MOST PLAUSIBLE EXPLANATION FOR THE SSC MECHANISM. USING THE RESEARCH PRESENTED, THE SSC MECHANISM MAY BE BEST DEVELOPED USING THE PLYOMETRICS PYRAMID ENSURING THAT THE ATHLETE IS TECHNICALLY COMPETENT AT EACH STAGE BEFORE PROGRESSING IN INTENSITY AND COMPLEXITY. STRENGTH TRAINING AND SSC TRAINING SHOULD BE PERFORMED CONCURRENTLY. SSC DRILLS SHOULD BE BASED ON STRENGTH CAPACITIES AND SPORT-SPECIFIC VARIABLES.

Author Information

1London Sport Institute, Middlesex University, London, England; and 2University of Glamorgan Pontypridd, Wales, United Kingdom

Anthony N. Turner

is a Senior Lecturer and Strength & Conditioning Coach at Middlesex University, London, England.

Ian Jeffreys

is Senior Lecturer in Strength and Conditioning at the University of Glamorgan, Wales, and the Proprietor and Performance Director of All-Pro Performance in Brecon, Wales.

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