Jump performance enhancement induced by countermovement

Kuniaki Hirayama*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The execution of a countermovement prior to the main movement, during which the agonist muscles experience a stretch-shortening cycle (shortening after being lengthened) enhances the exercise performance outcome (countermovement effect). During the stretch-shortening cycle, the fascicles and tendons exhibit a unique behavior; much ofthe length changes of skeletal muscle occur in tendons while fascicles contract almostisometrically. The countermovement effect varies among individuals and changes throughtraining (or practice). The dynamics of muscle fascicles and tendons may underliethe effects of interindividual differences and training on the countermovement effect.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSports Performance
PublisherSpringer Japan
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9784431553151
ISBN (Print)9784431553144
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jan 1


  • Muscle
  • Stretch–shortening cycle
  • Tendon

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine
  • General Engineering
  • General Social Sciences


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