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April 2008

April 2008


The Strength Report: Univ of S. FL - Upper Body Multiple & Single Joint Movement

by: Ron McKeefery
Asst. Athletic Director, Strength & Conditioning, University of South Florida
© April 2008

The game of football is a multiple joint game. Sport specificity tells us that we should train athletes in the fashion they play. Therefore we train each muscle group in a multiple joint fashion. However, we have found that single joint movements have a place in our training program as well.

Why Multiple Joint Movements?
An exercise we do with our kickers each year is that we tell them to kick a field goal and then tell them to kick a field goal without using their arms. Very quickly they figure out that they need to contract several muscle groups to perform. The same is true with every position. Take any picture of someone getting tackled or blocked and you will find the body being put into some very odd positions. If you remember back to the goals article, we are not only helping performance, but protecting fro....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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