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Optimising the force capability of those you work with requires an understanding of the tissues at play and how to target these tissues with focused assessments and training. Muscle is not the only tissue that has a role in force production. Forty percent of muscle is connective tissue, which is hugely significant in the transmission of forces. The tendon is also hugely significant in the storage of elastic energy and transmission of forces. The tendon lies in series with the muscle and mysial tissues, and connects these tissues to bone to produce movement. In this block course, you will learn about the contribution of the contractile component from muscles to myofilaments, the role of parallel elastic component (mysial tissues as well as the titin filament) and how to assess and improve their contribution to force. Finally, you will learn about the role of the series elastic component and how to assess and improve tendon contribution to force production and transmission.
In this block course, you will learn about the length tension relationship and the implications for what strength looks like at different muscle lengths. You will also dive into the force-velocity relationship and how different parts of the curve impact assessment and programming. The three topics covered in this block course will be, Isometrics, Concentrics and Eccentrics. Static/isometric strength training is back in vogue, understanding the length-tension relationship will help drive tendinous, connective tissue and muscular adaptation to better effect and improve the application of isometrics to sport performance. The applications and implications of concentrics to strength and conditioning are explored in the concentrics topic. You will learn about the concentric force-velocity relationship and how different parts of the curve impact assessment and programming. Eccentrics will be the last topic covered. The applications and implication of eccentrics to your practice are many. You will learn about the eccentric force-velocity relationship and how different parts of the curve impact assessment and programming. There will be a particular emphasis around accentuated and supramaximal eccentrics.
Changing the shape as in size, thickness and length of muscle, and shifting fibre type can have substantial effects on the force-velocity properties of muscle. Given this information, this course introduces and extends your knowledge in three broad subject areas; hypertrophy, architecture and fibre type. There are significant bodies of work in each of these areas, therefore the resources narrow down on information that is meaningful to your practice. Of particular emphasis are the loading considerations for hypertrophy, the effects of, and how to train to change pennation angle and fascicle length, and how different types of training influence fibre type transformation.