The Stretch-Shortening Cycle: Proposed Mechanisms and Methods for Enhancement

Anthony N. Turner, Ian Jeffreys

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Efficient stretch-shortening cycle (SSC) mechanics result in energy conservation and enhanced propulsive forces. Based on the current review of research, elastic energy through tendon recoil and an increase inactive because of an increase in the working range seem the most plausible explanation for the SSC mechanism. Using the research presented, the SSC mechanism may be best developed using the Plyometrics Pyramid ensuring that the athlete is technically competent at each stage before progressing in intensity and complexity. Strength in training and SSC training should be performed concurrently. SSC drills should be based on strength capacities and sport-specific variables.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-99
JournalStrength and Conditioning Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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