What are plyometrics?

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Plyometric exercises the combined rapid eccentric stretch of a muscle followed by a quick concentric contraction of the same muscle. The purpose of these exercises are to promote the forceful and rapid contraction of a muscle. It is the elastic properties of the muscle which helps to train a stronger concentric contraction. This is the entire purpose of plyometrics, namely to capitalize on the reactive properties of the muscle in order to elicit a stronger muscular contraction both while performing plyometrics and in sport specific activities. While plyometrics help to strength and stretch the targeted muscle group, they also train reaction time as athletes attempt to perform the activities as quickly as they can. This can help to increase performance in baseball while swinging at a pitch and responding to a fielding task as well. Because plyometrics are performed rapidly, the risk for injury is increased, thus attention to proper form, strength and technique is of the utmost importance for the safety of the athlete.

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