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This article will feature a 4-step progression in developing the stretch-shortening cycle which is crucial for returning to plyometric exercises. The stretch-shortening cycle is an active eccentric stretch (lengthening of a muscle) followed by an immediate concentric contraction (shortening of a muscle). This is similar to a spring; you first stretch the spring to create potential energy, then it is released into active energy. The stretch-shortening cycle is often used in plyometric training and is crucial in every sports training program. The 4-steps in the progression include eccentric jumping, low-intensity fast plyometrics, hurdle jumping, and depth jumping. This 4-step progression will help athletes safely develop the stretch-shortening cycle that is essential for every sport that involves jumping or change of direction activities, such as basketball and volleyball.