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How to use force sensors for resistance training in daily practice

Sánchez-Sixto, A; McMahon, JJ


A Sánchez-Sixto


A Muñoz-López

R Taiar

B Sañudo


The testing and assessment of resistance training exercises is a fundamental aspect for coaches and athletes. Through the force-time data measured by force plates, we have the possibility to calculate velocity, displacement, work, and power values of the centre of mass. This chapter has a theory section where we explain why force plate are useful to evaluate isometric and ballistic action during resistance training. Also, we explore how we can obtain velocity, displacement, power and work variables from force-time data through the impulse method. The chapter contains a practice section where we response some key questions when setting up a force plate to assess athletes’ physical performances. Then, we describe how to perform an Isometric Mid Tight Pull Test (IMTP) and a Countermovement Jump Test (CMJ). We explain how we can obtain biomechanical variables from both tests and we discuss about the biomechanical variables that provide important information to interpret correctly the IMTP and CMJ tests. Finally, we added a filling the gap section where we provide several recommendations on how to implement the evidence-based theory in real life applied sports environments.


Sánchez-Sixto, A., & McMahon, J. (2022). How to use force sensors for resistance training in daily practice. In A. Muñoz-López, R. Taiar, & B. Sañudo (Eds.), Resistance training methods : from theory to practice (195-210). Springer.

Online Publication Date Oct 19, 2021
Publication Date Jan 1, 2022
Deposit Date Nov 2, 2021
Pages 195-210
Series Title Lecture Notes in Bioengineering
Book Title Resistance training methods : from theory to practice
ISBN 9783030819880-(hardback);-9783030819910-(paperback);-9783030819897-(ebook)
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