2018 Student Research Conference:
31st Annual Student Research Conference

Initial Assessment of Strength and Speed Training on Sprinting


Matthew J. Tometz
Dr. Michael Bird, Faculty Mentor

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of a strength and speed-based training protocol on two sprinters. A twelve-week training program was designed based on strength and sprinting-mechanic characteristics that may improve speed. Two sprinters completed the program, composed of three, four-week phases. Each week included three lifting sessions without coach supervision and one sprint-specific workout with coach supervision. Participants increased their strength, most importantly regarding barbell glute bridge by 353% and 489%, respectively, but sprinting numbers failed to improve on most tests. Based on qualitative analysis, these aspects of sprinting mechanics improved: posture in top speed and acceleration phases, coordination in acceleration, and knee compactness in top speed. While fatigue and stress and might have influenced post-test sprint measures, the improved sprint posture was perceived to have potential long-term benefits for performance and potential injury risk.

Keywords: sprinting, mechanics, sports, performance, strength, training, speed, lifting

Topic(s):Exercise Science
Athletic Training

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 106-1
Location: VH 1010
Time: 8:00

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