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Training Methods and Considerations for Practitioners to Reduce Inter-Limb Asymmetries

Bishop Chris (MSc ASCC); Turner, Anthony (PhD, CSCSD, ASCC); Read, Paul (PhD, CSCSD, ASCC)
Strength & Conditioning Journal: Post Acceptance: December 11, 2017
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000354
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Inter-limb asymmetries have been a common source of investigation in recent years with the majority of studies highlighting its prevalence in a range of athletic tasks. Few have tested whether reducing inter-limb differences are required for improved physical performance. Furthermore, there are a number of considerations that may exist which practitioners should consider prior to starting training interventions to reduce these differences. This article will discuss the available body of literature pertaining to the reduction of inter-limb asymmetries to date and provide example training programs to show how they can be addressed if their reduction is deemed necessary.

Corresponding Author: Chris John Bishop, MSc, London Sport Institute, Middlesex University, London, UNITED KINGDOM

Chris Bishop is a strength and conditioning coach and lecturer at the London Sport Institute, Middlesex University, London, UK where he is also the Programme Leader for the MSc in Strength and Conditioning.

Anthony Turner is the director of postgraduate programmes in sport at the London Sport Institute, Middlesex University, London UK.

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

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