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The Role of Velocity Based Training in the Strength Periodization for Modern Athletes

Department of Human Movement and Sport Sciences, University of Rome “Foro Italico”, 00135 Rome, Italy
Italian Weight Lifting Federation, 00196 Rome, Italy
Brasil Rugby, Sao Paulo 01407-200, Brazil
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J. Funct. Morphol. Kinesiol. 2018, 3(4), 55;
Received: 31 August 2018 / Revised: 26 October 2018 / Accepted: 1 November 2018 / Published: 16 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Resistance Training for Performance and Health)
Resistance training (RT) is considered the most important method to improve the athlete’s strength and rate of force development (RFD). In the last decade, the importance of monitoring velocity during RT has drastically grown, because of an increased availability of linear position transducers (LPT) and inertial measurement units (IMU). The purpose of this review is to analyze the existing literature on testing techniques and performance strategies used to enhance strength and power performance of elite athletes, by monitoring the velocity of resistance training. The authors focus in particular on the level of effort of resistance training defined by velocity; how the loss of velocity correlates with the degree of fatigue and how it can be used to enhance the performance of competitive athletes; the use of LPT as part of the daily routine of the strength and conditioning programs in competitive sport. It is therefore critical for the sports scientists to have a correct understanding of the basic concepts of the velocity-based training and their application to elite sports. The ultimate goal is to give some indications on the velocity-based resistance training integration in the programs of different sports in the high performance environment. View Full-Text
Keywords: strength; velocity; linear transducer strength; velocity; linear transducer
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Guerriero, A.; Varalda, C.; Piacentini, M.F. The Role of Velocity Based Training in the Strength Periodization for Modern Athletes. J. Funct. Morphol. Kinesiol. 2018, 3, 55.

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