overspeed training

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Training using methods, such as down-hill running and towing, that assist an athlete to move limbs faster than when unassisted. Advocates of overspeed training believe that it helps muscles become more powerful and faster at contracting. Although some research findings support this belief, others reveal potential adverse effects that include an increased risk of muscle damage during eccentric contractions and a deterioration in sprint technique.

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