Plyometric training is a modality widely used in speed development. While it is not unique to the Parisi Speed School, our program guides coaches on the proper use of plyometric exercises for speed and power development. There are many types of exercises available, but Parisi coaches must learn how plyometrics can assist in the development of power and the relevance of those exercises for their athletes. As Parisi coaches our goal is to provide training experiences that are translatable to movement and assist an athlete in refining the skills of their sport.
Plymoterics can assist an athlete in many ways when the goal is to strengthen more than just the muscles, but the connective tissue including the fascia structure of an athlete. These types of movements when programmed correctly can be considered the missing link for athletes that possess strength, but need more explosiveness or rapid deceleration-acceleration motor control. Plyometrics help to create force and stiffness through the whole body. They are quite core intensive and also promote core stiffness.
The science behind successful plyometric training in recent years has demonstrated the need for an equitable relationship between the neurological and mechanical reactiveness of an athlete. This neuromuscular coordination can be achieved using various tools like: medicine balls, reactive balls, ladders, hurdles, rip-cords and vertimax units. While the goal is to increase force generation and decrease ground contact time, Parisi coaches will also learn how to change the tempo and bracket of many of our body weight mechanical exercises (i.e. pogos, wall drive variation, bounding, jump rope) to create a plyometric experience.
As we start to talk more about the science behind plyometrics, this Coaching Habit featuring Stuart McGill does a great job highlighting neurological pulse.