Plyometrics is the name for a type of exercise that aims to increase intensity or explosive power in certain muscle groups. This type of training is used to increase a boxer’s punch or a basketball player’s bounce. Plyometric training differs from conventional strength training in that it is carried out quickly and explosively. It increases muscle strength by benefiting from the lengthening and shortening of muscle cycles. This type of training usually begins with a rapid stretching of a muscle or an eccentric phase, followed by a rapid shortening of the same muscle or the concentric phase. Burpies, gossip push-ups, jump ropes and jumping jacks are all types of plyometric exercises.
Several studies suggest that plyometry improves athletic performance in terms of vertical jumps, long jumps, sprinting, cycling, basketball, kickboxing and more. It seems that even one or two types of plyometric training, done one to three times a week, can improve motor performance within six to 12 weeks. In addition, three sets of 10 plyometric pushups can also increase upper body strength.
Despite the advantages of plyometric training, many fitness specialists often recommend this type of fitness program with caution due to the high content of risk of injury. However, injury development can be reduced by warming up and following safety precautions. Landing from toe to heel in a vertical jump, avoiding cement surfaces, and using well-padded footwear are important things to consider when doing plyometrics. Due to the injuries that can occur with this type of training, people who want to participate are advised to work with a fitness trainer.
However, injuries occur frequently during training sessions and other physical activities. People who encounter such circumstances can consult doctors for possible treatments. Rest, ice, and compression are some of the remedies that can be used to treat minor injuries. Physiotherapy and pain relief can also be used to treat pain that may be associated with sports injuries. One of the pain relievers that health professionals have recognized is tramadol, a synthetic pain reliever that has been scientifically proven to treat different types of pain. Tramadol side effects are milder compared to other pain relieving drugs on the market. These side effects can include nausea, constipation, dizziness, headache, drowsiness and vomiting. Persons who encounter injuries should not treat themselves and consult their doctor before taking this medicine or doing any other activity. Although the side effects of Tramadol are mild and tolerable, this drug is not for everyone and should not be used by people with certain health conditions and medical histories. This drug can also interact with other drugs, which can lead to the development of more undesirable side effects.
The associated development of injuries and pain can be reduced if people who exercise do this properly and carefully. The health benefits of an active lifestyle can only be achieved if the exercises are performed correctly and moderately.
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