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Facilitating Power Development in the Recovering Athlete

Triple Extension in Rehabilitation

Lorenz, Daniel DPT, PT, ATC/L, CSCS, USAW

Section Editor(s): Reuter, Ben PhD, CSCS*D, ATC

Strength & Conditioning Journal: February 2016 - Volume 38 - Issue 1 - p 48–50
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000192
Columns: Flexibility and Rehab Tips
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ABSTRACT RESTORATION OF STRENGTH AND POWER ARE VITAL FOR THE RECOVERING ATHLETE TO MAXIMIZE ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE ONCE THE ATHLETE RETURNS TO SPORT. MOST HIGH-LEVEL STRENGTH ACTIVITIES, SUCH AS OLYMPIC-STYLE LIFTS, TAKE PLACE ONCE THE ATHLETE TRANSITIONS BACK TO THE WEIGHT ROOM BECAUSE THESE ACTIVITIES FACILITATE IMPROVEMENTS IN POWER. TRIPLE EXTENSION OF THE ANKLE, KNEE, AND HIP IS CRITICAL FOR RUNNING, JUMPING, AND CHANGE OF DIRECTION TO BE OPTIMIZED, BUT MANY EXERCISES IN REHABILITATION FAIL TO ADDRESS ALL 3 COMPONENTS. THEREFORE, TRIPLE EXTENSION CAN AND SHOULD BE INTRODUCED EARLIER IN THE REHABILITATION PROCESS.

Specialists in Sports and Orthopedic Rehabilitation, Overland Park, Kansas

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The Flexibility and Rehab Tips Column provides practical information on the role of rehabilitation and flexibility on both performance and the modification of injury risk.

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The author declares no conflict of interest and no source of funding.

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COLUMN EDITOR: Ben Reuter, PhD, CSCS*D, ATC

Daniel Lorenzis the director of Physical Therapy and owner of Specialists in Sports and Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Overland Park, KS, and an adjunct faculty at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO.

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