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The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 2015 Dec 18

language: English

Effects of detraining on neuromuscular performance in a selected group of elite women pole-vaulters: a case study

Loturco I. 1, Pereira L. A. 1, Kobal R. 1, Martins H. C. 2, Kitamura K. 1, Cal Abad C. C. 1, Nakamura F. Y. 1, 3

1 NAR, Nucleus of High Performance in Sport, São Paulo, SP, Brazil;
2 Pinheiros Sport Club, São Paulo, SP, Brazil;
3 State University of Londrina, Londrina, PR, Brazil


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AIM: to determine the effects of 28 days of inactivity on neuromuscular performance of elite women pole-vaulters.
METHODS: Four athletes undertook measurements of rate of force development (RFD), unloaded and loaded vertical jump tests, drop jumps and a 45 m sprint test before and after a transition period of planned inactivity.
RESULTS: The RFD and the ability to accelerate over very short distances (5 m) while sprinting improved after training cessation. Acceleration over longer distances (5-45 m) was impaired, while unloaded and loaded vertical jump tests suffered trivial to small changes.
CONCLUSIONS: Therefore, we conclude that detraining periods of approximately one month or even longer may be implemented in elite pole-vaulters without significantly impairing performance. In addition, given that some neuromechanical capacities are enhanced after training reduction, our results can help coaches to implement tapering strategies in order to induce neuromuscular improvements and/or to achieve peak performance.

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