Co-Contraction...What is it and How Can You Benefit?
Co-Contraction is a simultaneous action of antagonistic muscles. Muscles that act in opposite direction of the same joint - much like the hamstring and quadriceps in this exercise.
The point of these exercises is a maximal voluntary contraction. Muscles on every side of the muscle should be contracting as hard as possible – even without producing movement.
Strength can be achieved by being trained in joint specific positions where necessary. Improving those areas can rapidly elevate performance and movement efficiency.
Developing positional strength awareness is paramount in an athlete being durable and prepared for more complex movements for sport or more advanced training.
Add this to the exercise tool box and see the benefits for yourself and your athletes.