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Do the Benefits of Strength Training Out-Weigh the Dangers for Endurance Athletes?

Martuscello, Jason MS, CSCS, HFS1; Theilen, Nicholas MS2

Section Editor(s): Galpin, Andrew J. PhD, CSCS, NCSA-CPT

Strength & Conditioning Journal: August 2014 - Volume 36 - Issue 4 - p 49–51
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000079
Point/Counterpoint

ABSTRACT: THIS COLUMN DISCUSSES THE RISKS AND BENEFITS OF ENDURANCE ATHLETES ENGAGING IN STRENGTH AND POWER TRAINING. FOR A VIDEO ABSTRACT OF THE POINT SECTION, SEE SUPPLEMENTAL DIGITAL CONTENT 1 (SEE VIDEO, HTTP://LINKS.LWW.COM/SCJ/A145), AND FOR A VIDEO ABSTRACT OF THE COUNTERPOINT SECTION, SEE SUPPLEMENTAL DIGITAL CONTENT 2 (SEE VIDEO, HTTP://LINKS.LWW.COM/SCJ/A144).

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1Empirica Research, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; and

2Theilen Strength Systems, Louisville, Kentucky

The purpose of the Point/Counterpoint Column is to provide a respectful and balanced discussion in relation to controversial or current topics in the fields of strength and conditioning, nutrition, and human performance.

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COLUMN EDITOR: Andrew J. Galpin, PhD, CSCS, NCSA-CPT

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

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Jason Martuscello is a research associate at Empirica Research, Australia, as well as a Lifestyle Architect for Fuel the Movement.

Nicholas Theilen is the founder and head strength and conditioning coach at Theilen Strength Systems, Louisville, Kentucky.

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