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Application of Methods of Inducing Postactivation Potentiation During the Preparation of Rugby Players

Seitz, Laurent B. MSc; Haff, G. Gregory PhD, CSCS*D, FNSCA

Strength and Conditioning Journal: February 2015 - Volume 37 - Issue 1 - p 40–49
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000116
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ABSTRACT THIS ARTICLE EXAMINES THE APPLICABILITY OF POSTACTIVATION POTENTIATION (PAP) FOR THE SPECIFIC DEVELOPMENT OF PERFORMANCE CAPACITIES IN RUGBY PLAYERS. WE ILLUSTRATE HOW A POTENTIATING STIMULUS CAN INDUCE A PAP RESPONSE IN VERTICAL JUMP, SPRINT, AND UPPER-BODY PERFORMANCE. WE PROVIDE INSIGHTS REGARDING THE OPTIMAL STRUCTURE OF A STRENGTH-POWER POTENTIATING COMPLEX (SPPC), SPECIFICALLY EXPLORING THE INTENSITY OF THE POTENTIATING STIMULUS AND THE OPTIMAL RECOVERY DURATION BETWEEN THE POTENTIATING STIMULUS AND THE SUBSEQUENT PERFORMANCE. MOREOVER, WE DISCUSS HOW THE POTENTIATING STIMULUS TYPE AND PLAYER'S STRENGTH LEVEL IMPACT THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE SPPC. FINALLY, WE OFFER EXAMPLES OF SPECIFIC SPPCS FOR RUGBY.

Centre for Exercise and Sport Science Research, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Western Australia, Australia

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

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Laurent B. Seitzis a doctoral candidate in the area of postactivation potentiation, and strength and conditioning at Edith Cowan University.

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G. Gregory Haffis a senior strength scientist, senior lecturer, and Master of strength and conditioning course coordinator at Edith Cowan University.

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