In the last Sprinting installment, we discussed the differences between Volume and Intensity Sprints and how to safely and effectively incorporate them into your training. But, in order to reverse engineer effective sprint work, we need to assess your athlete's ability to perform the required task.
Breaking down the Sprint can be one of the most complex endeavors in strength and conditioning, but it doesn’t have to be. In general, a real sprint is used far less frequently than say, a barbell squat and so it is common to find coaches who are unable to correct the associated mechanics. Not only that, sprints are performed at high speeds and therefore do not lend themselves to being easily coachable. However, it’s not impossible even for the average coach to implement simple warm ups, diagnostics, and corrective tools to improve the quality of one’s sprint. The CrossFit Football Coach's Seminar is a great way to learn many of these tools, however, this article will touch on the basics.
There are several ways to break down a sprint and determine exactly what the fuck is going on. I am arming you with five simple tools that will enhance the performance of even the most adept sprinters.
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