The effect of isometric and plyometric exercise on musculotendinous ankle stiffness and its subsequent effect on performance in elite sprint track cycling

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Dan McPartlan

Maximal power applied to the pedal is a key indicator of performance in sprint track cycling. The ankle has a meaningful contribution of transferring power from the hip and knee. However, the ability of the musculotendinous unit around the ankle to directly produce power through the mechanism of the stretch shortening cycle (SSC) is unknown. The aim of this study was to measure the influence of isometric and plyometric training on ankle stiffness and its subsequent effect on sprint track cycling performance.