Monday 30 July 2012

Dynamic Functional Strength Training to Maximize Speed and Power in Sport
Dynamic Functional Strength Training to Maximize Speed and Power in Sport

Posted by at 8:55 AM

Squat Reach with Free Weight

Dynamic Functional Strength Training To Maximize Speed and Power in Sport


Functional Strength training utilizes understanding of the biomechanics of the sport and the biomechanics of human movement. Strength training equipment is often utilized in functional training programs. TRI-STRETCH® is one such device used internationally  by professional, collegiate and recreational athletes.


TRI-STRETCH® allows for just the right amount of instability for dynamic balance and strength training of the lower extremity and core. TRI-STRETCH® adds instability in three unique ways :

1-Providing a tri-planar unstable surface with end points to prevent excessive instability which prevents loss of balance when performing high end strength training. This allows for safe use of additional resistance such as medicine balls, elastic bands and free weights without risking injury from too much instability (often seen when on a multi-directional balance board or ball). 


2- Ability to challenge the lower extremity and core in all three planes of motion. TRI-STRETCH® is designed to allow and create muscle lengthening and strengthening three dimensionally(front-back, side -side, rotational). 


3- Pre-positioning of joints by placing the TRI-STRETCH® in specific positions(using TRI-STRETCH® in the forward or the backward position or using TRI-STRETCH® with the device tipped inward and held there while performing the exercise). These pre-positions place certain joints and certain muscles at either a mechanical advantage or disadvantage, allowing for sport specific exercises to be performed. 


Strength training with TRI-STRETCH® is based on the biomechanics of movement and the mechanical advantage or disadvantage of musculature rather than on general balance training of miscellaneous exercises. Application of functional biomechanics to strength training provides for a much more systematic progression of strength and balance training. 


To learn more about functional strength training and TRI-STRETCH®, click here.