DOUBLE KNEE BEND IN THE POWER CLEAN

  • L. Furlong
  • G. Irwin
  • C. Wilson
  • H. Wiltshire
  • D. Kerwin
Keywords: weight-training, stretch-shortening cycle, training specificity, sprinting

Abstract

The power clean is well established as the “gold standard” exercise for the development of lower extremity propulsive forces (Garhammer, 1982). The power clean has become a sprint specific strength and conditioning exercise, which is incorporated into periodised training programmes (Siff, 1992). Specifically the occurrence of a double knee bend (DKB) provides a mechanism to elicit a sprint specific stretch shortening cycle (SSC), maximising power output (Enoka, 1979). The aim of this exploratory study was to investigate whether the DKB occurred in power cleans as relative load increased.
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Coaching and Sports Activities