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Training Principles for Power

Haff, G. Gregory PhD, CSCS*D, FNSCA, ASCC; Nimphius, Sophia PhD, CSCS*D

Strength & Conditioning Journal: December 2012 - Volume 34 - Issue 6 - p 2–12
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e31826db467
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SUMMARY THE ABILITY TO EXPRESS HIGH POWER OUTPUTS IS CONSIDERED TO BE ONE OF THE FOUNDATIONAL CHARACTERISTICS UNDERLYING SUCCESSFUL PERFORMANCE IN A VARIETY OF SPORTING ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING JUMPING, THROWING, AND CHANGING DIRECTION. NUMEROUS TRAINING INTERVENTIONS HAVE BEEN RECOMMENDED TO ENHANCE THE ATHLETE’S ABILITY TO EXPRESS HIGH POWER OUTPUTS AND IMPROVE THEIR OVERALL SPORTS PERFORMANCE CAPACITY. THIS BRIEF REVIEW EXAMINES THE FACTORS THAT UNDERLIE THE EXPRESSION OF POWER AND VARIOUS METHODS THAT CAN BE USED TO MAXIMIZE POWER DEVELOPMENT.

Centre for Exercise and Sport Science Research, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Western Australia, Australia

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G. Gregory Haff is a senior strength scientist, senior lecturer, and masters of strength and conditioning course coordinator at Edith Cowan University.

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Sophia Nimphius is a strength scientist and senior lecturer in the masters of strength and conditioning at Edith Cowan University.

© 2012 by the National Strength & Conditioning Association