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Plyometrics -- good or bad--

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I recently attended a USSA clinic on conserning speed events, SG and DH, and dry land training. The first session of the day was on plyometrics taught by a good friend of mine that has international coaching status, he knows what he's talking about. The session was very well explained and drills were well demonstrated. I understand that because of the high impact drills involved with plyometrics it can be dangerous when satarting a regiment. However, I can also see the benefit these drills ofer in regards to agility and stamina.
After lunch and a few other sessions on equipment and speed event saftey we got to biometrics. Two guys from the National Sports Acadamy (NSA), incharge of their weight department, went through their drills and demoes and ended by saying that plyometrics are not good to use as a training tool, because of the danger involved and that they have no correlation to skiing.
So what do you guys think? :

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This should actually go in the Health and Fitness for Skiing forum. There is a thread there called Unconventional ACL Prevention fo Women. And guess what, for professional skiers, plyometrics are recommended.

The issue is, of course, whether they are done correctly, and whether the skiers muscles are strong enough to handle it. The BEST plyometric workshops I've been to are in Toronto. They have you do a set of an exercise, such as a squat, for about 8 reps, then do the same thing as a plyometric jump.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ November 24, 2001 11:20 AM: Message edited 1 time, by Lisamarie ]</font>
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I agree with Lisa. Plyometrics are good. They are great explosive power but need to be done correctly. If you can do them on a rebounder even better. The rebounder will decrease the stress of landing up to 98% which is great for the joints. It is also an unstable surface which makes you throw some core work in. See if any clubs in your area have Urban Rebounging classes. Part of the program is doing plyometrics.
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Marc Giradelli used Plyometrics as one of his primary training tools. He won more overall World Cups than anybody else has. This of course doesn't mean that Plyometrics are the reason, he may of succeeded *in spite* of Plyometrics . . . but they didn't seem to hold him back too much at the very least!
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I just went to NSA's homepage. I'm not sure of what kind of conditioning program's they advocate, but if they are too "married" to machine type training, they will not be big fans of anything that advocates body weight and skill. Although I probably would not use plyos for a deconditioned person about to take their first level 1 ski clinic, I can see it as a training tool for pros.

Since power and speed are related, plyometrics would be appropriate. And one of the keys to sport specif training, is the development of power that is FUNCTIONAL to the sport. By utilizing nothing but the body's own skill, you are definitely working within the realms of functional training.

Needless to say, if anyone has a serious muscular imbalance, they probably need to correct this, before attempting plyometric drills.
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Thanks for the feedback guys. I was kinda taken back and confused after this clinic. I've trained w/ plyo's for years and always thought that they were quite helpful. I think the fellas from NSA were correct in their drills and demos, as for getting rid of plyometrics, I think I'll disagree.

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I thought some of you might like to see this link on plyometrics. Click on the link for COMPLEX TRAINING. Interesting stuff! http://www.brianmac.demon.co.uk/plymo.htm
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