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Strength & Conditioning Journal:
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e31827529e6
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Methods of Developing Power to Improve Acceleration for the Non-Track Athlete

Dawes, Jay PhD1; Lentz, Doug MS2

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Abstract

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.

© 2012 National Strength and Conditioning Association

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