Lee E. Brown, EdD, CSCS*D, FNSCACalifornia State University, Fullerton, California Guest Editor–Special Topics Edition for Power
This Special Topics Edition is on Power for the Strength and Conditioning Journal (SCJ). Power is arguably the most important component of any training program as it is a combination of most other variables (speed, strength, quickness, etc.). It is our hope that this issue will lay a foundation for both understanding the complex nature of power and further investigation by members of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
The goal of this special issue is to provide the reader with knowledge underpinning the physiology of power production followed by straightforward training principles related to the human expression of power, thus “bridging the gap between science and practice.” We cover power items related to speed and acceleration, throwing, kicking and striking with power as well as vertical jumping. We also cover measurement of power with several different tests designed to evaluate athletic performance and fitness. The authors who have contributed to this issue are experts in their area and have scrutinized volumes of scientific literature to provide you with the best practices related to power across its many variations.
As the guest editor, it was my pleasure to work with such accomplished authors and we all feel this special issue will stimulate further examination of this fascinating subject. My great thanks are given to each author and especially to SCJ Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Jeff Chandler, for his overall guidance and to the NSCA for providing a forum for the scientific exploration of sport science.