What is Power?
Power, the ability to exert maximum muscular contraction instantly in an explosive burst of movements. The two components of power are strength and speed. (Tancred, B. Et al, 1995). This major component of fitness is essential for invasive games such as rugby union. Power is used in many different aspects of the game such as making a pass, making a tackle, the initial contact of a scrum, etc.
Testing and Monitoring Power
The most effective way to test power output is by a 6 second all out watt bike test as this relies on both strength and speed. The only fallback to this test system is the cost of the scientific Watt bike. The other way to test power is to use a standing jump test. This is where the athlete will stand next to a marked wall, from this you can indicate how high the jump. This can determine the power produced by the height of the jump; testing lower limb power. To gain a upper limb power aspect, a rowing machine can be used. From the start position, the athlete would pull as hard and as quickly as possible, the rower will show a instant indication on how far the athlete has rowed, the further the one row the more power produced.
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