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Resisted Sprints: It’s On The Legs!

Resisted sprinting has been around for awhile. The idea is to add resistance, to make the nervous system recruit more motor units during the sprinting motion, in the hopes that it will carry over to unressited sprinting. There are many ways to add resistance to athletes. Macadam et al, in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, look at an interesting way which is to add the resistance to the athlete’s legs.   The authors studied 19 amateur rugby players...

Power Development, Part III: Principles

In our last two posts ((http://www.cissik.com/blog/2017/01/power-development-part-i-foundations/ and http://www.cissik.com/blog/2017/02/power-development-part-ii-cautions/ ) we covered background information behind training for power as well as cautions with it. With this post we’ll cover some principles behind program design when it comes to power training.   In terms of principles: It’s a skill You have to train explosively Train it outside the weight room Prioritize it Train it realistically Technology is great, but…   It’s a skill I’ve included this in both of the last two...

Strength Training And Track And Field

Like most athletes, track and field athletes have strength and conditioning needs that are unique to their sport.  This post will present several principles for the track and field coach/athlete to follow when designing a strength and conditioning program: Athletes need to be strong Many athletes need to minimize weight gains Athletes need to be able to use that strength Eccentric strength is important One-legged strength and power is important   Athletes need to be strong: To a point, all...

Using Resisted Sprints

In a previous post (http://wp.me/p1XfMm-iq), I reviewed the current state of knowledge about resisted sprints.  With this post, I’d like to talk a little about how they can be used in an athlete’s speed and agility program.   First, let’s review the high points: Resisted sprinting negatively impacts velocity and sprinting mechanics while it’s being performed, but it’s unclear if this is a bad thing. If resisted sprinting is performed with the weight being a weighted belt or vest, this...

Is The FMS Related To Peformance?

The functional movement screen (FMS) has been a hotly debated topic recently for athletic performance. Does it predict injuries? Does performance on the FMS have any predictive values for athletic performance? In the latest issue of the International Journal of Sport Physiology and Performance, Chapman et al investigate whether there was a relationship between performance on the FMS and track and field performance in elite U.S. track and field athletes. 121 athletes that were part of the U.S. high performance...