We have written many articles on improving sprint speed through many modalities of training. However, we have yet to write about getting faster without sprinting. It seems like a sham, how can you get faster without running fast? One 2014
Having large leg asymmetry’s in strength and power can increase the risk of injury and potentially negatively affect athletic performance . While often considered independent, injury and performance go hand in hand and the relationship between these two capacities are often overlooked
Plyometric training is often used in sports that require high levels of force output quickly. They are defined as having an intense eccentric contraction followed by a rapid concentric contraction . E.g. bounding. Plyometrics are a highly intensive training modality
Sled training is a common tool used when looking to enhance sprint performance in many sports. Previous research has shown significant improvements in short sprint speed in trained and semi pro athletes as well as recreational athletes [4-7]. As well as
Many sports require production of repeated maximal or near maximal efforts (e.g. sprints) interspersed with brief recovery over an extended period of time. This is known as repeated sprint ability or RSA . It has been noted that sprinting generally
Recently, a friend and colleague of mine Scott Brown presented a brand new paper investigating the effects of ball carrying on sprint mechanics in rugby union . The practical implications for all rugby players are very interesting and will give you
One study has looked at the “overshoot phenomenon” in a professional team sport setting, but rather than observing changes in muscle fibre type, performance based variables were implemented . Part 1 Part 2 Seven professional rugby league players from a National
As explained in Part 1, an “overshoot” occurs when a taper or detraining from resistance training takes place with the intent of increasing the number of Type IIx muscle fibres. (Refer to part 1 for explanations of different muscle fibre types).