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Slamming on the Brakes Part 1 The Need for Deceleration Training

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© February, 2013


by Shawn Myszka
Athletic Performance Director • Explosive Edge Athletics

Slamming on the Brakes Part 1 The Need for Deceleration Training

It happens all the time. We hear about the latest training ‘secret’ that a coach or trainer claims can change the way that we train our athletes and be the key to transfer to on-field performance. However, in reality, the key may have actually been under our nose for a long time. This key that I am referring to is eccentric training, which suggests that the eccentric contraction that occurs during the force absorption of any rapid football movement and the attainment of the optimal mechanical and neuromuscular qualities important during this phase may very well provide this key in the search for improvements in on-field performance. 

Objectives in Training

There are many schools of thought when it comes to training football players for increased movement efficiency. These schools of thought include heavy resistance strength training, speed/agility/quickness training, interval/circuit training, bodybuilding-style training, Olympic-style weightlifting, and plyometrics. Traditionally, football-specific strength traini ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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