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Acceleration vs. Maximum Speed

June 1, 2017

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Acceleration and maximum speed are terms used in speed development programs, and when developing a program, it is vital to differentiate between the two. This allows coaches to target their training to the capacity most important in their own sport.

Coaches Exercise Science kinetic select Acceleration speed strength and conditioning sport performance

Analyzing the Speed Requirements of a Sport

May 1, 2017

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While analyzing the speed requirements of different sports may, at first, seem to be a massive challenge, asking a few key questions can make the task much simpler.

Coaches Exercise Science Exercise Technique speed sport requirements strength and conditioning

Biomechanics of Speed

September 16, 2019

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This excerpt from Developing Speed looks at how a fundamental understanding of the biomechanical principles that affect speed can assist coaches and athletes in developing running speed.

Personal trainers TSAC Facilitators Coaches Exercise Science Program design Speed Force Biomechanics Laws of Motion

Supporting Periodizational Models for Speed Development

July 31, 2016

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In this session from the NSCA's 2016 National Conference, Boo Schexnayder demonstrates how to effectively design long-term and short-term programs for speed development. Schexnayder explains how to effectively periodize strength training in a manner that supports speed development, as well as how to use speed and power training as a neural integration tool to enhance strength development.

Coaches Program design Speed Development Athletic Development Periodization Speed Training

Speed – Learned Skill or Genetic Trait?

January 14, 2022

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The purpose of this article is to examine components that affect speed to determine the degree that speed is governed by skill versus genetic factors.

Coaches Exercise Science Speed Genetics Fiber Type Neural Fatigue Genetic Expression

Implications of Speed in Baseball

June 1, 2017

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It is apparent that speed plays a vital role in successful baseball performance. Because of the short distances involved in the game, players rarely, if ever, achieve maximum speed and in actuality, it is acceleration that plays a much greater role in baseball.

Coaches Exercise Science baseball training speed acceleration

Four Step

June 4, 2021

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This excerpt from Developing Speed aims to develop athletes’ ability to accelerate quickly through stride modification.

Coaches Exercise Technique Program design Acceleration First Step Technical Development Arm Action

Determinants of Running Speed

May 1, 2017

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Two factors that determine running speed are stride cadence and stride length. Because athletes propel themselves forward only when their foot is in contact with the ground, the stance phase of the running stride should be the focus of speed enhancement programs.

Coaches Exercise Science Mechanics of running how to run faster speed training running mechanics

Age-Specific Speed Development: “Can You Make My Kid Faster, Faster?”

July 31, 2017

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Learn practical programming ideas to implement in youth speed training programs. In this session from the NSCA’s 2017 National Conference, Lance Walker explains how to leverage the differences between starting, acceleration, and maximum velocity dynamics (movement preparation) and plyometrics. Learn about the most common errors made by young athletes when training linear speed with practical tools, teachings, and contextual cues.

Coaches Program design Youth Athlete Training LTAD Speed Training for Youth Programming for Young Athletes

Not Adding Up – Why Gravitational Running Techniques May Not Biomechanically Equal Speed

December 3, 2021

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This article seeks to provide some insight to optimal biomechanics in running technique and why normal gravitational techniques may not suit tactical athletes while load-bearing.

TSAC Facilitators Exercise Science Exercise Technique Tactical Athlete Kinematics Running Technique Gravitational Running Techniques Biomechanics

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