Elastic Resistance For Rotational Power
Rotational movements are a large part of everyday life for everyone. Rotation is present at different speeds and activities from reaching across your body to catch something to swinging a bat in baseball. These movements can greatly be enhanced by the progressive resistance nature that elastic bands provide. As the end points of elastic tubing are moved away from one another the tension becomes greater.
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Since we are in the heart of baseball season, I felt it only fitting to discuss how this concept can be added to swinging and throwing motions to increase rotational velocity. Whether you are using the Stroops VITL kit or slastix attached to the pelvic harness, resisted and assisted motions can be performed. Accentuating a rotational movement during training can increase intermuscular coordination, increase rotational velocity, train the fast twitch (FT) muscles fibers, create post activation potentiation (PAP)/after effect within the nervous system, lay new fascial architecture, and many more!
Elastic resistance can be used during combination training sessions (in conjunction with baseball sport practice) or as a part of a complex training method. Make sure to take into consideration the training level of your client/athlete and administer a gradual increase in elastic rotational training load in order to minimize the occurrence of connective tissue soreness and of course injury. Elevate your clients and athletes training to the next level with the addition of elastic resistance!
Meet the author
Tyler Yearby, M. Ed, CSCS, PES, CES
Tyler Yearby serves as the director of sports performance at Inspired Athletx, Stroops master instructor and is the former University of Minnesota football strength and conditioning coach. Yearby holds a masters degree in kinesiology, multiple training certifications and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the NSCA. Read Yearby’s full bio.
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