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Int J Sports Physiol Perform. 2016 Jul;11(5):697-700. doi: 10.1123/ijspp.2015-0316. Epub 2015 Oct 9.

Using Bar Velocity to Predict the Maximum Dynamic Strength in the Half-Squat Exercise.

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NAR - Nucleus of High Performance in Sport, São Paulo, Brazil.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To determine whether athletes from different sport disciplines present similar mean propulsive velocity (MPV) in the half-squat (HS) during submaximal and maximal tests, enabling prediction of 1-repetition maximum (1-RM) from MPV at any given submaximal load.

METHODS:

Sixty-four male athletes, comprising American football, rugby, and soccer players; sprinters and jumpers; and combat-sport strikers attended 2 testing sessions separated by 2-4 wk. On the first visit, a standardized 1-RM test was performed. On the second, athletes performed HSs on Smith-machine equipment, using relative percentages of 1-RM to determine the respective MPV of submaximal and maximal loads. Linear regression established the relationship between MPV and percentage of 1-RM.

RESULTS:

A very strong linear relationship (R2 ≈ .96) was observed between the MPV and the percentages of HS 1-RM, resulting in the following equation: %HS 1-RM = -105.05 × MPV + 131.75. The MPV at HS 1-RM was ~0.3 m/s.

CONCLUSION:

This equation can be used to predict HS 1-RM on a Smith machine with a high degree of accuracy.

PMID:
26457921
DOI:
10.1123/ijspp.2015-0316
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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