September 13th, 2017

In-Season Contrast Training Boosts Performance

What can you do during your sport’s season to improve dynamic muscle performance? A study published in The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness looks at what can be accomplished with 8 weeks of contrast strength training where both high and low loads are utilized during the same weight room session.
 
Nineteen high school aged soccer players replaced their regular workouts with contrast training. After 8 weeks, they showed faster 5, 10, 20 and 40 meter sprint times compared to a control group that continued with tradition soccer practice. There were also significant improvements in sprint with turn and backward/forward running drills.