Load that maximizes power output in countermovement jump
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Autor/esJiménez Reyes, Pedro; Cuadrado Peñafiel, Víctor; Pareja Blanco, Fernando; Párraga Montilla, Juan; Toscano Bendala, F. J.; [et al.]
Disciplina/sActividad Física y Deporte
Track and field
Introduction: One of the main problems faced by strength and conditioning coaches is the issue of how to objectively quantify and monitor the actual training load undertaken by athletes in order to maximize performance. It is well known that performance of explosive sports activities is largely determined by mechanical power. Objective: This study analysed the height at which maximal power output is generated and the corresponding load with which is achieved in a group of male-trained track and field athletes in the test of countermovement jump (CMJ) with extra loads (CMJEL). Methods: Fifty national level male athletes in sprinting and jumping performed a CMJ test with increasing loads up to a height of 16 cm. The relative load that maximized the mechanical power output (Pmax) was determined using a force platform and lineal encoder synchronization and estimating the power by peak power, average power and flight time in CMJ. Results: The load at which the power out...