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The Acute Effects of Heavy Back Squats on Mechanical Variables During a Series of Bilateral Hops

Moir, Gavin L1; Dale, Jonathan R1; Dietrich, Wendy W2

The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research: July 2009 - Volume 23 - Issue 4 - p 1118-1124
doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e31819166c2
Original Research

Moir, GL, Dale, JR, and Dietrich, WW. The acute effects of heavy back squats on mechanical variables during a series of bilateral hops. J Strength Cond Res 23(4): 1118-1124, 2009-The purpose of the present study was to investigate the acute effects of performing a heavy resistance exercise (HRE) protocol on the mechanical variables during a series of bilateral hops. In a block-randomized design, 10 strength trained men performed an HRE or a control treatment before performing 5 series of bilateral hops separated by 2 minutes of passive recovery. Each series of bilateral hops was performed for 15 seconds on a force platform with the subject hopping at a frequency of 2.0 Hz. From the vertical force trace, the vertical force during the countermovement phase of each hop, the negative displacement during the countermovement phase, and the vertical stiffness were calculated. The HRE treatment consisted of performing parallel back squats with 40, 50, 60, and 80% of each subject's 1-repetition maximum after a series of dynamic stretches. The control treatment consisted of the dynamic stretches only. No significant differences in any of the mechanical variables were reported after the 2 treatments (p > 0.05). There were no significant correlations between the absolute maximal strength values and the percent change in any of the mechanical variables after the 2 treatments. Despite the lack of significant changes reported for the group, there were some notable individual responses. It is possible that increases in vertical stiffness during bilateral hops can be achieved after an HRE protocol in certain individuals. However, practitioners should be aware of the specificity issues and the individual nature of the responses to such protocols.

1Exercise Science Department and 2Athletic Training, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

Address correspondence to Gavin L. Moir,

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