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Plyometric training is a type of exercise training that requires individuals to jump, hop, bound and/or skip. Plyometric movements can be found in all sports whether it be jumping or running. 

 

Plyometrics has been seen to improve:

  • Strength
  • Speed
  • Power
  • Change of Direction Speed
  • Balance
  • Jumping
  • Throwing 
  • Kicking
  • Bone density
  • Balance

 

Plyometrics involve the use of a specialised muscle action called the “stretch-shortening cycle”. This is where there is an eccentric muscle contraction (muscle length increasing) quickly followed by a transitional period and then a concentric muscle contraction (muscle length decreasing). 

 

Overall, plyometrics are a great form of training for all types of athletes. It focuses on short, sharp and powerful movements that are used within all sports and can be beneficial to all athletes.