M.S. Athletic Training
Health and Exercise Science
School of Health Professions
neuromuscular system, plyometric training, rates of force production and relaxation, stretch reflex, vertical jump
Medicine and Health Sciences | Sports Sciences
Plyometric training is commonly employed by athletic trainers, personal trainers, and strength and conditioning coaches, especially for those athletes who require quickness, agility, and high vertical jump performance. It is well documented in its ability to increase these aspects of performance.(12, 14, 16, 20) There are many proposed mechanisms in place which attempt to explain why it is so effective, however, many of the proposed mechanisms are still theoretical. The purpose of this study is to examine some of those proposed mechanisms that drive the success of plyometric training. This project investigates the neurological effects of plyometric training by examining the stretch reflex response and the rates of force development and relaxation in recreationally active college aged subjects. The mechanisms of interest in this study include the stretch reflex response and the rate of force development and relaxation. With an enhanced understanding of the neurological adaptations caused by plyometric training, more efficient and effective protocols may be adopted into common practice.
Martin, Bradley Andrew, "Plyometric training and its effects on the neuromuscular system" (2020). Theses and Dissertations. 2774.