Postactivation potentiation: role in human performance

Exerc Sport Sci Rev. 2002 Jul;30(3):138-43. doi: 10.1097/00003677-200207000-00008.


Postactivation potentiation (PAP) is the transient increase in muscle contractile performance after previous contractile activity. This review describes the features and mechanism of PAP, assesses its potential role in endurance and strength/speed performance, considers strategies for exploiting PAP, and outlines how PAP might be affected by training.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Exercise / physiology
  • Humans
  • Muscle Contraction / physiology*
  • Muscle Fibers, Skeletal / classification
  • Muscle Fibers, Skeletal / physiology
  • Muscle, Skeletal / physiology*
  • Physical Endurance*
  • United States