Developing Powerful Athletes, Part 1: Mechanical Underpinnings

Anthony N. Turner, Paul Comfort, John McMahon, Chris Bishop, Shyam Chavda, Paul Read, Peter Mundy, Jason Lake

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This review will revisit practitioner understanding of the development of power, before outlining some of the key mechanical parameters that contribute to power development. This understanding will help with planning and periodization of strength and power training, which is explored in part 2 of this 2-part review. This review (part 1) discusses the force-time and force-velocity curve and addresses recent criticism in using terms such as power, rate of force development, and explosiveness, over impulse. These terms are distinguished mechanically and conceptually for the benefit of the scientist and coach, and are essential for effective sharing of data and practice., (C) 2020 by the National Strength & Conditioning Association
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-39
Number of pages10
JournalStrength and Conditioning Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020

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  • Force
  • Impulse
  • Momentum
  • Speed
  • Strength
  • Work

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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