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Weightlifting Movements and Sprint Performance

Hedrick, Allen MA

Strength & Conditioning Journal: February 2018 - Volume 40 - Issue 1 - p 92–97
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000357
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ABSTRACT SPRINT SPEED IS AN IMPORTANT COMPONENT OF PERFORMANCE IN MANY SPORTS. PROGRAMS WITH A GOAL OF ENHANCING SPORTS PERFORMANCE HAVE PREVIOUSLY EMPHASIZED THE POWERLIFTING MOVEMENTS. THE CURRENT APPROACH, HOWEVER, REFLECTS A SHIFT TOWARD USING WEIGHTLIFTING MOVEMENTS AND THE DERIVATIVE LIFTS. ALTHOUGH THIS SHIFT IS LOGICALLY BASED ON THE POTENTIAL BENEFITS THE TYPE OF TRAINING CAN PROVIDE, THERE IS LIMITED RESEARCH EVIDENCE SUPPORTING THE POTENTIAL BENEFITS WEIGHTLIFTING MOVEMENTS MAY PROVIDE TO SPRINT PERFORMANCE. THE PURPOSE OF THIS ARTICLE IS TO REVIEW THE AVAILABLE SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH, EXAMINING THE IMPACT OF WEIGHTLIFTING-BASED TRAINING ON SPRINT PERFORMANCE.

Athletic Department, Colorado State University, Pueblo, Colorado

Address correspondence to Allen Hedrick, Allen.Hedrick@yahoo.com.

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The author reports no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

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Allen Hedrickis the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Colorado State University - Pueblo.

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