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Nice article re: Prior Band-Resisted Squat Jumps Improves Running and Neuromuscular Performance in Middle-Distance Runners

You can read the full article here: ©Journal of Sports Science and Medicine (2019) 18, 301-315 http://w...

Abstract

Post-activation potentiation (PAP) conditioning has been re- ported to increase performance. Most research has examined PAP effects on strength/power activities, whereas the effects on endur- ance sports are understudied. The aim of this study was to char- acterize PAP conditioning stimulus effects on a subsequent 5x1 km running trial. A randomized, within subjects, repeated measures study utilized 12 male, endurance-trained athletes, who performed a full warm-up, conditioning exercise intervention (4x5 repetition maximum band-resisted squat jumps) or a control condition prior to a 5x1 km time trial run. Tests were conducted immediately prior to the intervention, after each kilometer, imme- diately following the 5x1 km run, and at seven and ten minutes post 5 km run. Measures included the interpolated twitch tech- nique (ITT), evoked contractile properties, maximum voluntary isometric contractions (MVIC) plantar flexor force, drop jump, rating of perceived exertion, and heart rate. The PAP stimulus re- duced the time to complete the run (3.6%; p = 0.07, d = 0.51), and decreased the time to complete kilometer one (8%; d = 1.08, p = 0.014). Jump height (p = 0.02; 9.2%) and reactive strength index (p = 0.035; 16%) increased with PAP. F100 (force produced in the first 100ms of the MVIC) and MVIC force with PAP in- creased at kilometers 3 (p = 0.04, d=0.84), 4 (p = 0.034, d = 0.29), and 7min post-run (p = 0.03, d = 0.60). Voluntary activation (ITT) increased at 7min post-run (p = 0.04, d = 0.59) with PAP, yet de- creased at 7min post-run in the control condition (p = 0.03, d = 0.36). A prior band-resisted squat protocol decreased running time and improved neuromuscular properties in endurance ath- letes running 5x1 km.

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