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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.

Landing mechanics has always been a hot topic in sports medicine. Letโ€™s be honest, watching elite athletes perform at a high level and analyzing their movement is sexier than most low-level rehab exercises for movement enthusiasts. So itโ€™s natural for clinicians and trainers to get excited when teaching someone landing mechanics. In this article, youโ€™ll learn the basics of what to focus on with teaching landing mechanics.

This article will take you through a linear progression very similar to how I approach lower extremity injuries in the clinic. It is imperative to master the fundamentals before working on highly skilled or sports like movements. This progression is inspired by the 'Powers Program' which is an evidenced-based exercise progression developed by Dr. Chris Powers, PT, PHD from the University of Southern California. This program will begin with non-weight bearing isometric holds, don't let these exercises fool you they can still be challenging! We then progress to static double leg weight-bearing exercises then guide you into single leg exercises; we end this lower body exercise program with double leg dynamic strengthening movements. ย Part two of this article will progress you into single leg strengthening, plyometrics, agility movements, then returning to your desired sport!

Why do some athletes jump higher, sprint faster, and cut quicker than others? It is because of Power! A common misconception is that training for strength by loading large amounts of weight directly increases athleticism; however the transfer to your athletic endeavors are not made by simply lifting heavy loads. Power=Work/Time, meaning there is a velocity or speed component when training for power. This article will demonstrate 5 exercises that you can perform with just a Kettlebell to increase your rate of force production and level up your Power!ย