Stretch Shortening Cycles (SSC) are a key part of the equation when it comes to producing force, speed and ultimately distance in a great sequence.

In the previous article we looked at the first of 3 main cycles, the X- Factor Stretch between the torso and the pelvis. (Click here to watch that video)

In this article we’re going to look at the second main SSC, when the torso turns into the lead arm and creates a stretch on the lead shoulder.

The amount of stretch is relatively small on paper, powerful players measure on average 2 degrees of stretch, but the contribution it makes to an efficient kinematic sequence can’t be overlooked.

For a simple drill to feel what this sequence and stretch is like watch the video below.

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