Plyometrics are not for the untrained. Some coaches have given them a bad reputation and are firmly against their practice on the grounds of safety. They argue that the benefits are largely outweighed by the damage they can cause, because they apply to the muscles, joints and connective tissues more energy than what they are built for. The author will argue that it is exactly what sport is about: furthering gradually the border of human potential, with the emphasis on gradually. All physical activities lead to some fiber destruction that will allow the body to re-build stronger fibers to adapt to what is regularly asked from the same body. Ask—slowly—more and more of your body and it will adapt. Accordingly, only plyometrics will be able to let you access the next stage of muscular explosive power.
Plyometrics have, in fact, a proven long-term effect of injury prevention; but it should be underscored that these exercises have to be taken up very gradually and after a minimum level of muscle tone has been achieved. Because all their purpose is to maximize the amount of energy applied to the muscles, tendons and joints, it is easy to understand that they require slow and methodical implementation.Read More