Monday, October 22, 2012

Sprinting

The other day, I read the argument again that 'most field and court sports are more about acceleration than absolute sprint speed, so let's focus most, or all of our sprint training on acceleration'.

I have a hard time with this view because I feel that both acceleration and absolute sprinting should be mainstays in a program regardless of sport. Sure some sports involve mostly accelerations of about 10-20 meters, and some even shorter (i.e. volleyball), yet many who train these athletes do not think twice about using a training method in the weight room that will never be found on the field or court. Neglecting any aspect of sprinting that uses primarily alactic anaerobic metabolism, I feel is a major mistake. The range of movement and velocity of sprint running leaves too much to be garnered to be ignored.

I am not going to spend much time re-wording my logic since I have done this before...

Acceleration and Absolute Speed

Conditioning or Speed Reserve

... but I am going to point out a recent article written by Matt Gardner, who puts it very succinctly:

Acceleration Imbalance Part 1

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1 comment:

Josh Leeger said...

It goes back to an ongoing problem in our field and in our society at large - hyper-specialization seen as a way to make things "the best."

"The best" athlete is the most well-rounded athlete who spends the most time practicing and playing their sport.

Training "specialization" should only be for weak points.