SLOT: Explosive Exploitation

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The Shoulder Lift-Off Test or SLOT for short was very popular to gage readiness of the upper body with olympic lifting. Besides the PCA, not too many organized programs use this as part of their evaluation process. Some assessment systems use this test vertically and share degrees, but without EMG can we spot compensation well? Like the overhead squat test in the FMS and PCA, they are basically mobility tests that olympic lifters pass with flying colors if they are well trained. A big problem is most programs are reducing volumes and working mobility, an environment that has poor lasting effects when the season hits and the cumulative effects creep up. A key take home point is that the best screens are likely to be the exercises the assessments are mimicking.
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Carl Valle

Carl Valle

Track & Field Coach
Carl is an expert coach who has produced champions in swimming, track and numerous other sports. He is one of the foremost experts in the fields of nutrition and restoration.
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