100 meter sprint


Sprinters Have to be Able to Apply Force Quickly

Over the years I’ve seen a lot about training for sprinting on the internet. There are a lot of gurus and keyboard coaches. Slawinski et al, in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, had a really interesting article looking at about 30 years of elite sprinting.   In this study the authors analyzed the power, force, and velocity outputs of men and women 100 meter sprinters at the 1987, 1988, 1991, 1997, 1999, 2007, 2009, and 2011...

Reaction Time and the 100 Meter Sprint


The 100 meter sprint is a fascinating event to prepare athletes for and it is probably the most extensively studied sprint. It’s a pure speed event, has very distinct phases, and small changes in preparation can have a major impact on performance. One of the phases in the event that’s thought to have an impact is the sprinter’s ability to react to the starting command. Theoretically a sprinter that can react faster (or do a better job anticipating) can start...