Electrical muscle stimulation devices are well worth the investment when used in certain situations. This articles presents six specific protocols where e-stim will have the greatest benefit for athletes. It also contains Coach Valle’s “recipes” for EMS best practices for each protocol.
In the past, EMS was misunderstood and misused for a variety of reasons, including unclear and inconclusive research. But the last five years have witnessed a resurgence in EMS in sport, mainly due to its use by coaches and trainers Bill Knowles, Derek Hansen, and Henk Kraaijenhof. This guide for electrical muscle stimulation with athletes gives an overview of the current literature on EMS and presents a favorable perspective on this useful training tool.
Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS) has been around for some time now, but is still underutilized. Yet, EMS is an incredibly effective tool for both the rehabilitation of sport injuries and in athletic training, to ensure those injuries don’t happen in the first place. EMS can help activate muscle fibers for maximum muscle involvement and re-activate muscle memory, and also provide pain relief by blocking certain frequencies to the brain.
EMS has proven beneficial for athletes as part of training and recovery. The PowerDot is a portable EMS device that can help athletes when they’re traveling and otherwise unable to engage in active recovery techniques. Because it’s wireless and uses a smartphone for a controller, it’s easy to bring on planes, buses and other modes of transport used by athletes.
EMS works best when integrated with a conventional training program that requires a coordination component for more efficient transfer of the training adaptation. You will achieve the best results by supplementing conventional voluntary training with EMS sessions in proper proportions, supported by general conditioning and recovery.
The benefits of electrical muscle stimulation on the human body have been known for centuries, but EMS devices have only seriously used for training, weight loss, and health improvement in the last few decades. E-Fit training uses a full-body EMS suit to give users a more efficient, more intense, and more effective workout than they get from traditional strength training alone.