2020 Student Research Conference:
33rd Annual Student Research Conference

Does Sprint Training With Coaching Improve Speed and Acceleration More Than Independent Sprint Training?

Christopher P. Engsberg* and Jeffrey B. Peters
Dr. Jay M. Bauman and Dr. Michael Bird, Faculty Mentors

Chris P. Engsberg*, Jeffrey B. Peters

Dr. Jay M. Bauman, Dr. M. Bird, Faculty Mentors


The objective of this study was to characterize the differences in sprinting caused by verbal instruction of biomechanical factors. There are a number of these variables that have already been found to be correlated with decreasing time necessary to reach maximum speed in overground sprinting. A total of ten college-aged males with no prior sprint training were used. They were randomly assigned into two groups, coached and not coached. Each group separately completed the same training procedure. Before and after the five-week training period, measurements of kinematic and kinetic variables were statistically analyzed along with each participant’s pre- and post-sprint time in a 40-yard dash. The only significant difference found was an increase in maximum propulsive force during the acceleration phase (p<0.001). These results support the potential to improve sprint acceleration based on verbal coaching of biomechanical factors. 

Keywords: Biomechanics, Sprinting, Coaching, Acceleration, Training

Topic(s):Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: TBA
Location: TBA
Time: TBA

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