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Strength Training to Improve Movement Velocity
|Duration||1 Hour 2 Minutes 20 Seconds|
|Description||Presentation by Anthony Blazevich at SSC21. Blazevich is a Professor in Biomechanics at the School of Medical and Health Sciences at Edith Cowan University in Australia, and Director of the Centre for Exercise and Sports Science Research (CESSR). He teaches in the areas of biomechanics, neurophysiology and other curricular units, as well as leading research projects in areas such as sports biomechanics, neurophysiology and physical conditioning.The ability to produce power, or more correctly, to reduce forces while moving at high speeds is very important in many sports. The main organs we use for movement are, of course, the muscles and the muscles are incredibly strong, but they have a big design flaw that is very slow. Thus, to move very quickly, humans and other animals make use of two important strategies. First, they use movement patterns that allow focusing the energy of the muscles in a very small area of the body, like the hands and fingers during throwing. Second, they can store the energy of the muscles in elastic tissues such as tendons, and then get this energy back to produce movement at higher speeds. That is, tendons can be used as power amplifiers. In his presentation, he aims to describe the mechanisms by which humans produce high-speed movements. He also intends to explain the relevance of these topics for the development performance in high-speed athletes. He will also approach the effects of strength and power training on muscle and tendon properties and therefore focus on human ability to move at high speeds.|