Jump performance, including how well you can absorb energy from a landing, plays a critical role in just about any team sports competition. A study published in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise suggests there are interesting physiological differences between male and female athletes.
Researchers measured lower body muscle mass along with the quad and hamstring strength of 70 active male and female subjects. They discovered that, from amount of amount of lean mass, you can predict how effectively the female knee joint will absorb energy on jump landings. Those lacking muscle mass can gain a performance advantage by developing maximal eccentric quad strength. Unfortunately, neither of these observations applies to men. For an interesting perspective on how men and women sweat during exercise, ready today's Breaking News post at optimumnutrition.com