A-Z of Program Design: Plyometric Training


    AU $89


    Thomas Stringwell




    2 HOURS

    Course Type

    Licensed Course

    Course Overview

    The ability to produce large power outputs and rapid rate of force development is paramount in sports. Plyometric training is an effective form of power-based training, improving an athlete's ability to rapidly store and recoil elastic energy within the musculotendinous unit, perform explosive movements and run with greater running economy. 

    However, several factors need to be considered when implementing plyometric training including exercise selection, plyometric prerequisites, plyometric progressions, and ensuring the biomechanical demands of the sport are replicated. Therefore, the aim of this short bite-sized course is to provide coaches with a greater level of clarity on the correct periodisation and programming of plyometric training.

    Over four modules, the concepts of plyometric exercise selection, plyometric training categories including concentric dominant, tendon compliance and tendon stiffness plyometrics, a mesocycle design, micro-cycle design, the periodisation of plyometrics using a linear and undulating model are all explained, with working examples provided in real-world coaching practice. Plyometric training to improve horizontal, vertical, multi-directional and throwing / striking performance are all explored.

    Learning Outcomes

    At the completion of this course, you will be able to:

    • Explain the origins of plyometric training 
    • Describe the stretch-shortening cycle, series elastic component, stretch reflex and other plyometric training mechanisms
    • Describe the different plyometric types including concentric dominance, tendon compliance or tendon stiffness 
    • Explain the relationship between tendon stiffness and running economy 
    • Design plyometric programs for improving horizontal and vertical propulsion
    • Design plyometric programs for improving change of direction performance  
    • Design plyometrics for improving for striking/throwing performance
    • Implementing linear, undulating and concurrent plyometric periodisation

    About the Author

    My name is Thomas Stringwell and I am the founder of Your Gym Sports Performance Ltd, an education provider that specialises in the fields of strength and conditioning and sports science. I am an accredited strength and conditioning coach with the UKSCA. Currently, I provide performance consultancy services across a range of sports including rugby union, rugby league, soccer, handball, boxing, mixed martial arts, BMX supercross, strength sports and Youth Athletic Development.   

    I hold an MSc in Sports Biomechanics (Loughborough University), a 1st class honours degree in Sport and Exercise Science (Manchester Metropolitan University) and a Certificate in Education teaching degree (Huddersfield University), with future ambitions of completing a PhD within the field of motor learning, constraints-based learning and non-linear pedagogy.

    I have a real passion for education and coach development, having both coached and taught within the fields of strength and conditioning and health and fitness for over a decade. I am a lifelong strength sports enthusiast, having competed both in Olympic Weightlifting and Powerlifting at a national level, with a genuine drive to support and educate coaches throughout our industry.        

    Your Gym Sports Performance prides itself on educational excellence, providing evidence-based education to aspiring sports and fitness professionals, whilst supporting practitioners throughout their coaching journey. Our Strength and Conditioning educational pathway enables sports and fitness practitioners to progress within their professional arena, providing coaches with the necessary skill set to apply performance training within their current practice. We aim to inspire and motivate coaches to develop as professionals, creating a lifelong learning experience that assists practitioners beyond the completion of their course, whilst raising the standard of sports performance education within the health and fitness sector.


    Certificate IV in Fitness (Recommended) 

    Access Period

    CEC Expiry Date: 08/03/2025. In order to obtain AusActive CECs, this course must be completed by the CEC Expiry Date.

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