Lower limb power output : A literature review

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Tim Silvester

Variations on weight training, strength training, weight lifting, power lifting, speed training, plyometrics and combination training have been used by many coaches and athletes down the ages to improve performance. Even now, with the science and technology available to assess performance capabilities and training modes, there are still differences of opinion on which training mode is best suited for specific performance outcomes. It would be easy to suggest that the best option would be to employ all the above in a training programme to ensure that the athlete benefits from every aspect of strength, power and speed conditioning. However, this would not be appropriate and as such, it is important that coaches and athletes utilise the most effective methods of performance improvement for the specific individual development needs.

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