Muscle Tension, RFD, and Nervous System Questions

A Jump Science user sent me a number of email questions. Here are my responses.

Will generating more tension in my muscle during training improve my performance?
More tension produces more structural […]

Advice for Volleyball Players

Email response to a professional volleyball player. 6 foot 10. 40-inch vert on short approach. History of some knee problems. Only a 10-week off-season.

“Ok, you are definitely correct to not […]

Sprinting for Non-Track Athletes

Got a question about distances for sprinting for someone in a team sport, not track and field. One of the things mentioned was using short sprints, 30m for example. The […]

Why Strength Training Works

The owner of MeisterMMA shared a Jump Science facebook post about the value of strength training. He got a response to that post questioning if heavy lifting has sport-specific adaptations, […]

Running Longer Distance for Speed?

Question: “When I start running a 2-3 miles a couple times a week along with my plyos and sprint work I feel as if my overall sprint speed is faster. […]

Returning From a Broken Bone

Got an email from an athlete who broke his fibula during basketball practice. He’s wondering if he will be able to get his athleticism back for triple jump in the […]

Pause Squats

Question: “What do you think of pause squats? I’ve heard that they force proper form, strengthen weak positions, and increase explosiveness.”

Answer: “I’m not against pause squats, but I don’t recommend […]

How to Improve Balance

Question: “what exercises or training would be good for body control and balance when sprinting, jumping, being agile and cutting to get around people, and like in basketball contact when […]

Which Squat Style is Best?

Question: “why do you prefer the oly squat for athleticism? a powerlifting squat is far more demanding on the p-chain, which is probably the most important area of the body […]

When Should I Work Out During the Day?

Question: “Hey Daniel, do you think what time you wake up in relation to the time you train at makes a difference in performance?”

Answer: “Yes, definitely. And throw when you eat into […]