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Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2012 Jun;37(3):546-50. doi: 10.1139/h2012-016. Epub 2012 Apr 19.

Should postactivation potentiation be the goal of your warm-up?

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University of Calgary, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4, Canada. brian@kin.ucalgary.ca

Abstract

Athletes expect improved high-intensity performance following warm-up, and postactivation potentiation (PAP) is assumed to contribute to this improvement. However, the scientific evidence supporting this assumption is incomplete. PAP is known to result from prior muscle activation, and should enhance maximal effort contractions of very short duration. However, PAP dissipates over 4-6 min after the PAP-inducing contraction, so PAP should not contribute to enhanced performance more than 5 min after the warm-up.

PMID:
22515147
DOI:
10.1139/h2012-016
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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