This article investigates the current literature regarding postactivation potentiation (PAP) effects on linear and change-of-direction (COD) speed. The mechanisms behind pap are briefly described, as well as those factors that must be taken into consideration by coaches when they wish to implement a program that could invoke pap. Linear and cod speed are defined such that coaches know what parameter they are training. Finally, a review and meta-analysis of the available literature regarding pap and linear and cod speed are provided and discussed. Practical applications and conclusions from the analysis are provided for coaches.
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