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

WINTER, Edward M., ABT, Grant, BROOKES, F.B. Carl, CHALLIS, John H., FOWLER, Neil E., KNUDSON, Duane V., KNUTTGEN, Howard G., KRAEMER, William J., LANE, Andrew M., MECHELEN, Willem van, MORTON, R. Hugh, NEWTON, Robert U., WILLIAMS, Clyde and YEADON, M. R. (2016). Misuse of “Power” and other mechanical terms in sport and exercise science research. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 30 (1), 292-300.

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In spite of 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 categorisations 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.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Sport and Exercise Science
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1519/JSC.0000000000001101
Page Range: 292-300
Depositing User: Amanda Keeling
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2016 10:16
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 04:57
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13594

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