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Misuse of "Power" and other mechanical terms in sport and exercise science research

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posted on 04.02.2016, 12:16 authored by Edward M. Winter, Grant Abt, F.B. Carl Brookes, John H. Challis, Neil E. Fowler, Duane V. Knudson, Howard G. Knuttgen, William J. Kraemer, Andrew M. Lane, Willem van Mechelen, R. Hugh Morton, Robert U. Newton, Clyde Williams, Fred YeadonFred Yeadon
Despite the Système International d'Unitès (SI) that was published in 1960, there continues to be widespread misuse of the terms and nomenclature of mechanics in descriptions of exercise performance. Misuse applies principally to failure to distinguish between mass and weight, velocity and speed, and especially the terms "work" and "power." These terms are incorrectly applied across the spectrum from high-intensity short-duration to long-duration endurance exercise. This review identifies these misapplications and proposes solutions. Solutions include adoption of the term "intensity" in descriptions and categorizations of challenge imposed on an individual as they perform exercise, followed by correct use of SI terms and units appropriate to the specific kind of exercise performed. Such adoption must occur by authors and reviewers of sport and exercise research reports to satisfy the principles and practices of science and for the field to advance.

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research

Volume

30

Issue

1

Pages

292 - 300

Citation

WINTER, E.M. ... et al., 2016. Misuse of "Power" and other mechanical terms in sport and exercise science research. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 30 (1), pp. 292 - 300.

Publisher

Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins © National Strength & Conditioning Association

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2016-01-01

Notes

This is a non-final version of an article published in final form in the Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, 30(1): 292-300, doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000001101

ISSN

1064-8011

eISSN

1533-4295

Language

en