Drop Jumps Potentiate Force Generation
Being able to generate greater force from lower body muscle groups can be a competitive advantage in a number of short duration track and field events. A study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research offers a simple tip for boosting force production.
Subjects were evaluated before and after a warm up consisting of plyometric drop jumps or low-paced walking. Drop jumps increased the rate of force development by an average of 39%, with the effect lasting for around 6 minutes. The walking warm up actually decreased rate of force development.