Lower Extremity Stiffness: Effects on Performance and Injury and Implications for Training

Jon Brazier, Chris Bishop, Chris Simons, Mark Antrobus, Paul J Read, Anthony N Turner

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Abstract

ABSTRACT: THIS ARTICLE REVIEWS RESEARCH TO DATE ON LOWER EXTREMITY STIFFNESS RELATIVE TO ITS EFFECTS ON PERFORMANCE AND INJURY. EVIDENCE SUGGESTS THAT AN OPTIMAL AMOUNT OF LOWER EXTREMITY STIFFNESS IS REQUIRED FOR SUCCESSFUL ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE, AS TOO MUCH OR TOO LITTLE CAN BE DETRIMENTAL AND POSSIBLY INJURY INDUCING. METHODS OF MEASURING LOWER EXTREMITY STIFFNESS AND FAST STRETCH-SHORTENING CYCLE PERFORMANCE ARE SUGGESTED. IN TERMS OF TRAINING, IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT A COMBINATION OF STRENGTH AND PLYOMETRIC TRAINING BE PERFORMED, AS WELL AS CORRECT EXECUTION OF LANDING MECHANICS TO IMPROVE INTERMUSCULAR COORDINATION AND TO AVOID INJURY-PROVOKING DOMINANT AGONIST-TO-ANTAGONIST COACTIVATION RATIOS.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStrength & Conditioning Journal
Pages103-112 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000094
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NameStrength & Conditioning Journal
Volume36

Keywords

  • 00126548-201410000-00012
  • compliance
  • intermuscular coordination
  • joint stiffness
  • leg stiffness
  • lower extremity stiffness
  • plyometrics
  • stretch-shortening cycle
  • vertical stiffness

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    Brazier, J., Bishop, C., Simons, C., Antrobus, M., Read, P. J., & Turner, A. N. (2014). Lower Extremity Stiffness: Effects on Performance and Injury and Implications for Training. In Strength & Conditioning Journal (pp. 103-112 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000094). (Strength & Conditioning Journal; Vol. 36). https://doi.org/10.1519/SSC.0000000000000094