Training Guideline and Application of Accentuated Eccentric Loading in Plyometric and Jump Training
Date of Award
Master of Science in Exercise Science
Brenda L. Kehret
The accentuated eccentric loading (AEL) method is derived from the notion of superior force generation capability in eccentric contractions compared to isometric and concentric contractions. By using AEL, one can manipulate the musculoskeletal system to induce greater force production by releasing the load preceding concentric movement and converting into a quick explosive moment, thus leading to optimal performance. Research on jump-based exercise has mostly been concentrated on the concentric portions of the movement with scarce studies investigating the effects of intensified eccentric phase training. This paper will provide an overview of the benefits and drawbacks of AEL jump training from the existing literature, and initial guidelines for integrating it into practice based on evidence.