Expression and Development of Maximal Muscle Power

This book is an extensive treatise on the expression and development of maximal power both in elite athletes and aged people.  An extensive review of the literature related to this topic pulls together all of our contemporary knowledge and is followed by a series of 5 experiments exploring the measurement of explosive power and strength as well as the development of these key performance factors.

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Contents

Chapter 1 – INTRODUCTION
Significance of the Thesis
Summary

Chapter 2 – REVIEW OF RELATED LITERATURE
Maximal Power Production Defined
Why is Maximal Power Important?
Factors Contributing To Maximal Power Output
Intra-Cellular Factors Effecting Maximal Power Output
Cross-Sectional Area
Muscle Hypertrophy and Power
Energy Availability
Muscle Fiber Type
Neural Factors Effecting Maximal Power Output
Increased Activation of Agonists
Neural Contribution to Rate of Force Development
Pre-Movement Silence
Preferential Recruitment of Motor Units
Selective Activation of Agonists Within a Muscle Group
The Bilateral Deficit
Cross-Training Effect
Coordination of Movement Pattern and Skill
Stretch Shortening Cycle
Why is CMJ Height Greater Than SJ Height?
Effects of Training on SSC Performance
Aspects of Training to Increase Maximal Power
Muscular Strength and Heavy Resistance Training
A Need for Training Integration
Resistance Training and Rate of Force Development
The Controversy of Velocity Specific Training
The Optimal Resistance for Producing Maximal Power Output
The Deceleration Phase and Traditional Weight Training
Ballistic Resistance Training
Heavy Versus Light Resistance
The Window of Adaptation
Effectiveness of Single Joint Exercises and Non-specific Exercises
The Olympic Lifts
Musculoskeletal Injury and Maximal Power Training
Maximal Power Production of the Upper Body
Maximal Power Production in the Aging Human
Conclusions and Implications from the Literature Review

Chapter 3 EXPERIMENT ONE

THE EFFECT OF A BRAKING DEVICE IN REDUCING THE GROUND IMPACT FORCES INHERENT IN BALLISTIC RESISTANCE TRAINING

Chapter 4 EXPERIMENT TWO

A COMPARISON OF THE TRADITIONAL AND BALLISTIC RESISTANCE TRAINING MOVEMENTS

Chapter 5  - EXPERIMENT THREE

INFLUENCE OF LOAD AND STRETCH SHORTENING CYCLE ON THE KINEMATICS, KINETICS AND MUSCLE ACTIVATION DURING POWERFUL UPPER BODY MOVEMENTS

Chapter 6 - EXPERIMENT FOUR

BALLISTIC RESISTANCE TRAINING AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF VERTICAL JUMP PERFORMANCE OF ELITE ATHLETES

Chapter 7 - EXPERIMENT FIVE

RESISTANCE TRAINING INDUCED CHANGES IN MAXIMAL MUSCLE POWER IN YOUNG AND OLD MEN

Chapter 8 - SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS

Chapter 9 - DIRECTIONS FOR FURTHER RESEARCH
Heavy Versus Light Loads
Single versus multiple repetitions
Periodisation
Under weighting
Olympic Style Lifting
Reducing the Eccentric Load
Effects of Resistance Training on Functional Capacity and Resistance to Falling in Older People

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