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THE ROLE OF ECCENTRIC MUSCULAR ACTIONS IN ATHLETIC TRAINING AND THERAPY

D. SUSTA CENTRE FOR PREVENTIVE MEDICINE OF THE DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY, DUBLIN, IRELAND
Even if most of the peculiarities of the lengthening muscle have been known since the beginning of the last century, in the last two decades researchers around the world have generated more applicable information about eccentric exercise. This paper will overview these peculiarities, the principles to safely deliver eccentric exercise sessions, the evidence of its effectiveness as strength training strategy and as therapeutic aid in sport medicine, its potential to help preventing musculoskeletal injuries among athletes and newly developed equipments and methods.
Keywords: 
eccentric exercise; strength training strategy; sport medicine.