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GENERAL: What do you call the ability to combine strength and speed?

Strength is the ability of the muscles to lift a heavy weight or exert a lot of force (page 9). Speed is the ability to get from one place to another in the shortest possible time (page 17). The combination of strength and speed is commonly referred to as power. Power, the ability to combine strength with speed while moving, allows you to do explosive movements such as jumping high, putting a shot, or swinging a softball or baseball bat to hit a ball a great distance (page 17). Strength is considered a health-related part of physical fitness, and speed is considered a skill-related part of physical fitness. Power is a combination of strength and speed, it is often considered a combined part of physical fitness, both health and skill related.