Combined strength and power training for optimal performance gains: a biomechanical approach
Nowegian School of Sport Sciences
Place of Publication
ECU Health and Wellness Institute / Centre for Exercise and Sports Science Research
High velocity of takeoff, release or impact is the primary outcome dictating performance in a wide range of sports requiring sprinting, jumping, throwing, kicking or striking. The physiological, neural and biomechanical mechanisms which combine to produce large impulse are as fascinating as they are complex. The optimal development of these mechanisms through appropriate training requires intelligent and methodical application of current scientific knowledge combined with the skills and insights of the coach and athlete to peak performance for critical competitions while maximising resilience and career longevity. In this paper we will discuss what we believe to be the most impactful mechanisms underlying very powerful human movement and provide insight into training program design so as to optimise strength and power qualities with greatest training efficiency while realistically accommodating time constraints and recovery requirements of the modern elite athlete.