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Methods of Developing Power to Improve Acceleration for the Non-Track Athlete

Dawes, Jay PhD1; Lentz, Doug MS2

Strength & Conditioning Journal: December 2012 - Volume 34 - Issue 6 - p 44–51
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e31827529e6
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SUMMARY: IN MOST TEAM-BASED SPORTS ATHLETES MUST BE ABLE TO GENERATE EXPLOSIVE MUSCULAR FORCES TO ACCELERATE, CHANGE DIRECTIONS, AND THEN RE-ACCELERATE OVER RELATIVELY SHORT DISTANCES. THEREFORE, TO BE SUCCESSFUL, ACCELERATION RATHER THAN MAXIMAL VELOCITY IS LIKELY A GREATER PREDICTOR OF SUCCESS IN THESE SPORTS. THIS ARTICLE WILL EXPLORE SOME OF THE TECHNIQUES COMMONLY USED TO IMPROVE AN ATHLETE’S ABILITY TO ACCELERATE BY IMPROVING FORCE, VELOCITY, AND THE COMBINATION OF THESE 2 ELEMENTS.

1University-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas

2Fitness and Wellness at Summit Health, Chambersberg, Pennsylvania

Jay Dawes is an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Texas A & M University—Corpus Christi and serves as a strength and conditioning consultant/instructor for the Corpus Christi Police Department.

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Douglas Lentz is the director of Fitness and Wellness for Summit Health in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.

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