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Sports Power Article Series, Part 4

Posted Apr 14 2008 6:54pm
The final part(4) in this series will detail popular plyometric exercises. The training exercises should mimic the movements in the athlete's sport (mechanical, physiological and metabolic similarity).

Safety concerns during plyometric training are:

1. Proper footwear for the athlete
2. Proper training surfaces (hard surfaces should be avoided)
3. Program design and supervision by a fitness professional

Early training in plyometrics should focus on good technique and landing form. Speed of execution should start only after the athlete has learned proper technique. Failure to follow this protocol will almost certainly lead to injuries for the athlete. Here are some popular plyometric exercises:

Kneeling Two-Armed Chest Pass


Squat Jump


Two Armed Wall Pass


Broad(Long) Jump


Tuck Jumps


There are literally dozens of plyometric drills and exercises that can be tailored to the athlete's sport and position played. Bigger, faster and stronger! Every athlete wants this to happen. Don't rush the strength and power building process!
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