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Resistance Training for Judo: Functional Strength Training Concepts and Principles

Henry, Thomas MS, CSCS

Strength & Conditioning Journal: December 2011 - Volume 33 - Issue 6 - pp 40-49
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e31823a6675
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POSSESSING THE NECESSARY COMPLEX SKILLS AND TACTICAL EXCELLENCE REQUIRED FOR SUCCESS IN JUDO COMPETITION REQUIRES THE ATHLETE BE ABLE TO MOVE WELL AND EFFICIENTLY AND BE ABSENT OF POSTURAL DISTORTIONS, FAULTY MOVEMENT PATTERNS, AND MUSCULAR IMBALANCES. RESISTANCE TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR THE JUDO ATHLETE SHOULD INCLUDE OBJECTIVES THAT INCREASE HIS/HER ABILITIES TO MOVE EFFICIENTLY, DEVELOP STRENGTH, SPEED, AND EXPLOSIVENESS AND PROMOTE RESISTANCE TO INJURY. INCORPORATING A FUNCTIONAL APPROACH TO A STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROGRAM, ONE THAT INCORPORATES RESISTANCE TRAINING TECHNIQUES THAT PROPERLY TRAIN THE ATHLETE'S SITUATIONAL NEEDS AND BODY FUNCTION, WILL FURTHER ENHANCE THESE ABILITIES.

Department of Athletics, Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton, California

Thomas Henry is the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator in the Department of Athletics at Sacred Heart Schools and the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator, instructor at East Bay Judo Institute in El Cerrito, California.

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