Applied Principles of Optimal Power Development

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This manual was created to assist coaches, athletes, and practitioners better understand the key aspects of power development and how specific training methods can help ensure power receives the desired amount of stress. This manual is not a cookie-cutter program claiming to be a “one-size fits all”, but rather it is designed to provide and teach coaches the scientific theories and concepts of how to optimize the training of power. It will provide some practical examples of how to implement these methods along with some theoretical guidelines. The goal of this manual is to provide every coach the necessary tools to optimize power training and apply the ideas, concepts, and methods in ways they best see fit for their athletes.

It is imperative to note that this manual describes the most useful, available, and up-to-date methods to improve the aspect of muscular power. However, power development is much more complicated than simply following the guidelines provided in this manual. The adaptations required to improve this aspect of performance involve multiple cellular, structural, and neurological changes within the body. In order to optimize each of these individual adaptations, different training methods must be implemented. Some of these training methods required to achieve these facilitating adaptations may not be initially associated with “power” training. However, that does not mean that these specific qualities (absolute strength, cross-sectional area, tendon stiffness, etc.) do not facilitate and/or further improve the “base” for power development. A well-rounded foundation is necessary prior to optimal power being realized through specific means. These specific means will be broken down throughout this manual into five key components of “power training”. Other facilitating qualities, those which make up the required base, will be assumed to already exist.

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