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Plyo-matrix- hit the ground running

9th June 2014

‘Plyo-matrix’- hit the ground running

Warning; the following article might make you jump!

Once a screening report identifies the need to target global stabiliser control under situations of speed and load the need to elicit a high threshold training stimulus demands consideration of a number of variables.

One of these is the combination of speed and load that is plyometrics.

The structured, short term utilisation of the stretch shortening cycle formally known as plyometric training requires movement to be controlled during rapid eccentric loading. In reality plyometric challenges are everywhere. For the runner, movement control challenges of this nature form a massive component of every training session.  Although plyometric training has often been associated with injury risk it is arguably not the modality that is at fault but rather their performance- the how rather than the what.  Consideration must be supplied to the volume of work (ground contacts) and the intensity employed. Load can be added through traditional means or the rate of loading can be adapted to the client’s particular movement abilities through the change in the variable that is height of step or drop.

Readiness for plyometric work is also a point of wide debate with many protocols unrealistic for many. Of note, and supporting The Performance Matrix belief in the need to test movement quality is the following; ‘As with any mode of training, an athlete should undergo a movement screening protocol prior to starting a plyometric programme.’ (Lloyd & Cronin, 2014) from Strength and Conditioning for Young Athletes: Science and application Rhodri S. Lloyd (Editor), Jon L. Oliver (E Routledge Abingdon Oxon)

The Performance Matrix may identify if plyometrics are appropriate as a training stimulus. Correct exercise selection then allows movement and plyometric qualities to be enhanced

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