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Drop Jump

A Technical Model for Scientific Application

Pedley, Jason S. MSc1; Lloyd, Rhodri S. PhD, CSCS*D1,2,3; Read, Paul PhD, CSCS*D4,5; Moore, Isabel S. PhD6; Oliver, Jon L. PhD7,2

Strength & Conditioning Journal: October 2017 - Volume 39 - Issue 5 - p 36–44
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000331
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ABSTRACT PLYOMETRIC TRAINING HAS NUMEROUS BENEFITS TO ATHLETIC DEVELOPMENT. THE DROP JUMP IS A CORNERSTONE EXERCISE FOR DEVELOPING FAST STRETCH-SHORTENING CYCLE FUNCTION. THE DROP JUMP CAN ALSO BE USED AS A READINESS-TO-TRAIN MARKER IN PRACTICAL SETTINGS. TO ASSIST COACHES WITH ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT, A TECHNICAL MODEL FOR THE DROP JUMP IS PROPOSED. VERBAL INSTRUCTIONS PROVIDED BY THE COACH HAVE AN EFFECT ON THE KINETICS AND KINEMATICS OF A TASK PERFORMED BY AN ATHLETE. TO ASSIST COACHES IN FOSTERING EFFECTIVE PERFORMANCE ADAPTATIONS. EXAMPLE EXTERNAL CUES AND ANALOGIES ARE PROVIDED TO HELP WITH OPTIMIZING PERFORMANCE DEVELOPMENT WHILE MINIMIZING INJURY RISK.

1Youth Physical Development Centre, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, United Kingdom;

2Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand, AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand;

3Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance, Waikato Institute of Technology, Waikato, New Zealand;

4Athlete Health and Performance Research Centre, Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital, Doha, Qatar;

5Youth Physical Development Group, School of Sport, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, United Kingdom;

6Cardiff School of Sport, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, United Kingdom; and

7Youth Physical Development Group, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, United Kingdom

Address correspondence to Jason S. Pedley, jpedley@cardiffmet.ac.uk.

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

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Jason S. Pedleyis a lecturer in strength and conditioning and coach within the Youth Physical Development Centre, Cardiff Metropolitan University.

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Rhodri S. Lloydis a senior lecturer in strength and conditioning and chair of the Youth Physical Development Centre, Cardiff Metropolitan University.

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Paul Readis a strength and conditioning coach and clinical research scientist, Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital.

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Isabel S. Mooreis a lecturer in sport and exercise medicine and programme director of the masters in sport and exercise medicine course, Cardiff Metropolitan University.

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Jon L. Oliveris a reader in Applied Paediatric Exercise Science and co-founder of the Youth Physical Development Group, Cardiff Metropolitan University.

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