The Effect Of Plyometric Exercises On The Body 's Power And Force Output Essay

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Plyometrics or “plyos” for short refer to the exercises in which muscles exert a maximum force over a short period of time. The goal of these plyometric exercises are to increase one’s power and force output. At the physiological level, the plyometric exercises work by combining the eccentric phase, followed by a rapid shortening of muscle or the concentric phase. It specifically induces more motor-units to be recruited, the strength of the neural impulses for reflexes to increase, and adjusts the elastic properties of both muscle tissue and connective tissue. This movement from muscle extension to rapid contraction allows for an athlete, weightlifter, or an ordinary Average Joe to incorporate a more explosive mentality to their workouts. In fact, many of the training regiments out there incorporate some sort of plyometric exercise because it successfully improves strength, power, coordination, and athletic performance; which is why it is as curious to researchers as they want to discover how it truly works and what muscles it targets. For a group of researchers from the Stellenbosch University Department of Physiological Sciences in South Africa, it was the main discussion for their research. Doctor Filippo Macaluso, Ashwin W. Isaacs, MSC, and Doctor Kathryn H. Myburgh in their research article entitled “Preferential Type II Muscle Fiber Damage from Plyometric Exercise”, they experimented the effects that plyometric exercises had on muscle fiber types and analyze the

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