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Exercise Selection to Develop Optimal Explosive Lunge Movements for World-Standard Squash

Turner, Graham MSc1; Barker, Keith MSc2

Strength & Conditioning Journal: August 2014 - Volume 36 - Issue 4 - p 36–42
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000065
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ABSTRACT: IN WORLD-STANDARD SQUASH, THE ABILITY TO PERFORM RAPID ACCELERATION AND DECELERATION OVER SHORT DISTANCES IS ESSENTIAL TO SUCCESS. THE EXPLOSIVE LUNGE REQUIRES A COMPLEX COMBINATION OF BOTH LOCOMOTION AND STABILITY IN RESPONSE TO MOVEMENT DIRECTION AND DISTANCE FROM THE BALL, AT THE TIME OF SHOT SELECTION. THIS ARTICLE DEMONSTRATES THE METHOD OF FUNCTIONAL EXERCISE PROGRESSION USED AT THE ENGLISH INSTITUTE OF SPORT TO OPTIMIZE EXPLOSIVE LUNGE MOVEMENT TO SUPPORT WORLD-CLASS PERFORMANCE AT THE 2013 SQUASH WORLD TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS.

1Department of Sport Health and Nutrition, Leeds Trinity University, Leeds, England, United Kingdom; and

2English Institute of Sport, Manchester, England, United Kingdom

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

Graham Turner is a senior lecturer in the Department of Sport, Health and Nutrition at Leeds Trinity University.

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Keith Barker is a senior strength & conditioning coach with the English Institute of Sport, and National Lead Strength & Conditioning Coach for England Squash.

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