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Training Methods and Considerations for Practitioners to Reduce Interlimb Asymmetries

Bishop, Chris, MSc1; Turner, Anthony, PhD, CSCS*D1; Read, Paul, PhD, CSCS*D,2

Strength & Conditioning Journal: April 2018 - Volume 40 - Issue 2 - p 40–46
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000354
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ABSTRACT INTERLIMB ASYMMETRIES HAVE BEEN A COMMON SOURCE OF INVESTIGATION IN RECENT YEARS WITH MOST STUDIES HIGHLIGHTING ITS PREVALENCE IN A RANGE OF ATHLETIC TASKS. FEW HAVE TESTED WHETHER REDUCING INTERLIMB DIFFERENCES IS REQUIRED FOR IMPROVED PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE. FURTHERMORE, THERE ARE A NUMBER OF CONSIDERATIONS THAT MAY EXIST, WHICH PRACTITIONERS SHOULD CONSIDER BEFORE STARTING TRAINING INTERVENTIONS TO REDUCE THESE DIFFERENCES. THIS ARTICLE WILL DISCUSS THE AVAILABLE BODY OF LITERATURE PERTAINING TO THE REDUCTION OF INTERLIMB ASYMMETRIES TO DATE AND PROVIDE EXAMPLES OF TRAINING PROGRAMS TO SHOW HOW THEY CAN BE ADDRESSED IF THEIR REDUCTION IS DEEMED NECESSARY.

1London Sports Institute, Middlesex University, London, UK; and

2Aspetar Sports Medicine Hospital

Address correspondence to Chris Bishop, C.Bishop@mdx.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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Chris Bishopis a strength and conditioning coach and lecturer at the London Sport Institute, Middlesex University, London, United Kingdom where he is also the Programme Leader for the MSc in Strength and Conditioning.

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Anthony Turneris the director of postgraduate programs in sport at the London Sport Institute, Middlesex University, London, United Kingdom.

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Paul Readis a clinical researcher at the Athlete Health and Performance Research Centre at Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital, Doha, Qatar.

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