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Velocity-Based Training in Football

Mann, J. Bryan PhD, CSCS1,2; Ivey, Patrick A. PhD2; Sayers, Stephen P. PhD1

Strength & Conditioning Journal: December 2015 - Volume 37 - Issue 6 - p 52–57
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000177
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ABSTRACT: THE PURPOSE OF THIS PAPER IS TO DISCUSS THE POTENTIAL BENEFITS OF VELOCITY-BASED TRAINING (VBT) AND HOW IT CAN BE USED TO TRAIN VARIOUS PERFORMANCE FACTORS SPECIFIC TO AMERICAN FOOTBALL. THE ADVANTAGES OF VBT ARE ITS ABILITY TO IDENTIFY PROPER TRAINING LOADS WHEN DAY-TO-DAY FLUCTUATIONS IN MUSCLE PERFORMANCE OCCUR, THE ABILITY TO ENHANCE SPECIFICITY OF TRAINING, AND THE ABILITY TO PROVIDE IMMEDIATE FEEDBACK TO IMPROVE MOTIVATION AND PERFORMANCE. USING VBT HAS RESULTED IN TANGIBLE IMPROVEMENTS IN COLLEGIATE FOOTBALL PLAYERS' POWER PRODUCTION, WHICH IS A KEY TO IMPROVING ON-FIELD PERFORMANCE.

Departments of 1Physical Therapy and

2Athletic Performance, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri

Dr. Bryan Mann is the Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Missouri.

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Dr. Pat Ivey is the associate athletic director for athletic performance at the University of Missouri.

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Dr. Stephen P. Sayers is an associate professor in the department of physical therapy at the University of Missouri.

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