Strength Training: Neural Recruitment

Once athletes reach a certain training age, improving maximal strength requires using near-maximal loads.

Loads above ~85% will maximize recruitment of the involved motor units (nerve and connected muscle fibers), and also lead to positive adaptations in rate coding (i.e. the firing frequency of the nerves), both of which lead to improvements in force output.

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To your success,

Kevin Neeld

P.S. If you’re interested in how strength training fits into a hockey-specific training program, check out Ultimate Hockey Transformation.

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