Participate in a research study!

Are you a person who plays recreational or competitive sport with a background in resistance training? Would you be interested in helping us in a ONE day study to understand the individual determinants of jump performance? Testing will be approximately 60mins in duration.

I am conducting a research & validation study which investigates how the mechanical determinants of ballistic actions (force, velocity and power) affects vertical jump performance.

We need participants to perform vertical jump actions (with and without added resistance), with variables being measured via VICON 3-D motion capture analysis and a dual force plate system.

If you are interested in assisting with this study and live in Adelaide, SA… Click here.

See below for further information regarding my overall PhD thesis.

Jumping and sprinting are ballistic actions which are determined by the maximal mechanical power (force x velocity) output of the lower limbs, along with the individual force-velocity profile of the athlete. Maximal power (PMAX) (system power) is achieved at intermediate levels of both force and velocity or when both variables are optimal. The assessment of force-velocity profiles during jumping and sprinting, with/without a series of external loads, provides a macroscopic view into the mechanical determinants and overall limits of neuromuscular function. Therefore, the knowledge gained from profiling each athlete provides insight to which variable, force or velocity, should be targeted to demonstrate the greatest improvement in maximal mechanical power and reduce neuro-mechanical imbalances.

The thesis will be conducted across three phases including the following participants: active general population (Phase 1), semi-professional team sport athletes (Phase 2), and track & field athletes (Phase 3). The hypothesis of the project describes that to improve ballistic performance during specific phases of the training year, it is more appropriate to prescribe an individualized training programme to an athlete based on their force-velocity profile compared to traditional methods of training. Using a methodological validation study (Samozino et al. 2008/ this has been done already yet not using VICON) and two interventional studies (similar to the structure of Jimenez-Reyes et al. 2016), we will attempt to demonstrate how specific training modalities affect individual force-velocity profiles and how these modes can be effectively integrated into the sport training programme.

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