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Influence of Muscle Slack on High-Intensity Sport Performance: A Review

Van Hooren, Bas MSc; Bosch, Frans BSc

Erratum

In the article that appeared on page 76 of volume 38, issue number 5, the text corrections to Table 1 in columns 3 and 4 were not applied correctly. The online version of this article has been corrected and reflects the most recent corrections.

Strength & Conditioning Journal. 39(1):91, February 2017.

Strength & Conditioning Journal: October 2016 - Volume 38 - Issue 5 - p 75–87
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000251
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ABSTRACT RAPID FORCE DEVELOPMENT IS OF PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE FOR MOST SPORTS. AN OFTEN OVERLOOKED PERFORMANCE LIMITING FACTOR IS MUSCLE SLACK, WHICH IS REPRESENTED BY THE DELAY BETWEEN MUSCULAR CONTRACTION AND RECOIL OF THE SERIES ELASTIC ELEMENTS. WE WILL REVIEW ACUTE AND LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF APPLYING COCONTRACTIONS, COUNTERMOVEMENTS (CMs), AND EXTERNAL LOAD ON MUSCLE SLACK. COCONTRACTIONS MAY BE AN EFFECTIVE SOLUTION TO REDUCE THE DEGREE OF MUSCLE SLACK. MOREOVER, CMs AND EXTERNAL LOAD MAY NEGATIVELY INFLUENCE THE CAPABILITY TO DEVELOP COCONTRACTIONS AND HENCE MAY BE DETRIMENTAL TO HIGH-INTENSITY SPORT PERFORMANCE THAT IS USUALLY PERFORMED WITH LITTLE OR NO EXTERNAL LOAD.

Fontys University of Applied Sciences, School of Sport Studies, Eindhoven, the Netherlands

Address correspondence to Bas Van Hooren, MSc, basvanhooren@hotmail.com.

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

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Bas Van Hooren is an independent strength and conditioning specialist and received his MSc degree in Human Movement Sciences at Maastricht University.

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Frans Bosch is a lecturer at Fontys University of Applied Sciences and an elite sport consultant.

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