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Strength & Conditioning Journal:
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3181eb341b
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Understanding Position Transducer Technology for Strength and Conditioning Practitioners

Harris, Nigel K PhD1; Cronin, John PhD1,2; Taylor, Kristie-Lee2,3; Boris, Jidovtseff PhD4,1; Sheppard, Jeremy PhD3

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Abstract

STRENGTH AND POWER ASSESSMENTS IN CONDITIONING PRACTICE HAVE TYPICALLY INVOLVED RUDIMENTARY MEASURES SUCH AS 1 REPETITION MAXIMUM. MORE COMPLEX LABORATORY ANALYSIS HAS BEEN AVAILABLE BUT BECAUSE OF THE PRICE AND PORTABILITY OF EQUIPMENT, SUCH ANALYSIS REMAINED IMPRACTICAL TO MOST PRACTITIONERS. RECENTLY, A NUMBER OF DEVICES HAVE BECOME AVAILABLE THAT ARE REASONABLY INEXPENSIVE AND PORTABLE AND OFFER A GREAT DEAL OF INFORMATION THAT CAN BE USED TO GUIDE PROGRAMMING AND TRAINING TO BETTER EFFECT. ONE SUCH DEVICE IS THE LINEAR POSITION TRANSDUCER. THIS ARTICLE DISCUSSES THIS PIECE OF TECHNOLOGY FROM ITS DESIGN TO HOW IT MAY BE USED TO INFORM PRACTICE.

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