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SALE, D.G. Postactivation potentiation: Role in human performance. Exerc. Sport Sci. Rev., Vol. 30, No. 3, pp. 138–143, 2002. 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.