STRENGTH TRAINING AND TESTS MUST EMPLOY THE SAME FORM OF CONTRACTION
Ribeiro, B. V., Castro, A. S., Carvalho, B., & Weltman, A. (1998). Study of the specificity between the training and the evaluation method of the muscle strength. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 30(5), Supplement abstract 658.
This study evaluated the degree of specificity between concentric isokinetic and dynamic concentric evaluation after 8 weeks of dynamic concentric training of the quadriceps muscles. Novice weight trainers (N = 8) and sedentary persons (N = 7) served as Ss.
The weight training group improved in both the left and right quadriceps but the improvement was greatest on the dynamic test as opposed to the isokinetic test. The sedentary group did not change at all.
Implication. For strength training changes to be measured, the assessment contraction form should be the same as that used in training. Training forms are specific in strength training.
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