Hi Kurt. I have not read the articles or followed this “surge,” but I do have an opinion on your question. As both a sports conditioning trainer and a trainer certified in Olympic lifting it’s a long held misnomer that, for example much of the “power lifting” sport and technique is actually the slower, strength type lifting, not the type of lifting that we normally associate with “power” (which is combining speed with strength, or in other words the Olympic type lifting such as the snatch, clean etc.).
Perhaps this is what your are asking about? In any event, that’s the distinction that I would draw between EXPLOSIVE lifting and POWER training.
I hope that this helps.
Training explosively involves performing the eccentric (lowering) portion of a lift at normal speed while the concentric (lifting) portion is performed as rapidly and forcefully as possible. Explosive training is designed to increase muscular power which is defined as the rate of performing work. In addition, the explosive performance of an exercise appears to increase both the rate of force development and the rate of velocity development or an individual’s ability to produce force and velocity in a very short time period. Explosive training generally results in very high power outputs, which is why they have a large effect on performance in activities and sports requiring high speed movements.
Power training enables an exerciser to apply the greatest amount of their maximal strength in the shortest period of time. This is crucial for many sports men and women who will rarely be required nor have the time to produce maximal forces. Power Training can consist of Olympic Lifts, Plyometrics, Medicine Ball Work. Most athletic activities involve far faster movements and far higher power outputs than are found in maximal strength exercises. An athlete can be exceptionally strong but lack significant explosive power if they are unable to apply their strength rapidly.
I think they are one in the same. How much work can one do in as short a time as possible. That’s power: work (force x distance)/time. 200 pounds moved 2 feet in 3 seconds is more power than 200 pounds moved 2 feet in 5 seconds. The classic example of a power athlete is a 100 meter sprinter. Moving 200 lbs through 100 meters in less than 10 seconds is incredible power.
The end result of varations in power training is explosive power when the training program is designed to create explosive power. There are few applications that require only explosive power (the ability to generate high force over a very short time period). That is, while a moment of explosive power may be the goal of say the shot put, there is an acceleration phase, the moment that the shot is released, and a deceleration phase. Now I am seriously simplifying this here as the shot put is a very technical movement. Correct execution of the shot put is no less technical or less difficult than performing a double back flip in gymnastics. But each part of the performance requires preparation and training. Power training would be very useful in the development of explosive power, but there are many other aspects of using explosive power that are required to reduce the potential for injury.
To adequately discuss the topic here is not something that I would be comfortable doing. There is just too much potential for mis-interpretation.