A New Taxonomy for Postactivation Potentiation in Sport

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  • Daniel Boullosa
  • Marco Beato
  • Antonio Dello Iacono
  • Francisco Cuenca-Fernández
  • Kenji Doma
  • Moritz Schumann
  • Alessandro Moura Zagatto
  • Irineu Loturco
  • David G Behm

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Postactivation potentiation (PAP) mechanisms and responses have a long scientific history. However, to this day there is still controversy regarding the mechanisms underlying enhanced performance after a conditioning activity. More recently, the term postactivation performance enhancement (PAPE) has been proposed with differing associated mechanisms and protocols than with PAP. However, these 2 terms (PAP and PAPE) may not adequately describe all specific potentiation responses and mechanisms and can also be complementary, in some cases. Purpose: This commentary presents and discusses the similarities and differences between PAP and PAPE and, subsequently, elaborates on a new taxonomy for better describing performance potentiation in sport settings. Conclusion: The elaborated taxonomy proposes the formula "Post-[CONDITIONING ACTIVITY] [VERIFICATION TEST] potentiation in [POPULATION]." This taxonomy would avoid erroneous identification of isolated physiological attributes and provide individualization and better applicability of conditioning protocols in sport settings.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational journal of sports physiology and performance
Issue number8
Pages (from-to)1197-1200
Number of pages4
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19.08.2020

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